We, the undersigned wish to see no deregulation of company names which reduces the sensitivity of the term 'Co-operative' or 'Co-op' and wish to see 'cydweithredol' - (the Welsh for Co-op) have the same level of sensitivity.
The Co-operative Movement subscribes to values agreed and held by the international Co-operative Alliance which can be found at www.ica.coop. The UK Government's Department for Business Innovation and Skills "Red Tape Challenge" is consulting on the editing/removal of the list of 'sensitive names' for registering new businesses.
The term 'Co-operative' is one of these 'sensitive' names and if removed from the list, or the list itself removed, would mean that it would become easier for a new business to pass itself off as a Co-operative.
Co-operatives UK has drafted a response to the consultation which co-ops and co-operative supporters may find useful.