The government consultation on business names closes tomorrow.
The word ‘co-operative’ is currently on the ‘sensitive words’ list for new business, meaning that a new businesses registering cannot call themselves a co-operative unless they meet internationally agreed co-operative values and principles.
You have one more day (deadline 22 May) to respond to the consultation. There is a risk if sufficient responses are not received that this protection could be removed and any business could call themselves ‘co-operative’ without actually being one. Plunkett is therefore supporting the Co-operatives UK campaign to protect the word ‘co-operative’.
As an organisation originally called the Horace Plunkett Foundation for Co-operative Studies we care passionately about this issue. If you also do, and you haven’t responded already, now is your last chance. The Co-operatives UK consultation response can be read here.