Co-operatives UK has launched the UK website for the United Nations’ International Year of Co-operatives 2012 — www.uk.coop/2012.
The website provides information on what is happening across the country and features a range of useful resources about co-operatives and the International Year for businesses, individuals, journalists and all those interested in learning more.
Also available on the website is a UK identity mark for the International Year. Developed by the Co-operative Group and Co-operatives UK, it can be downloaded in various formats by co-operative businesses and supporters for use in communications and campaigns during the International Year.
In addition, toolkits and leaflets can now be ordered from the site. A range of materials will be added over the coming months — case studies, images and films — which businesses and supporters can use to make the most of the International Year.
The 2012 website also provides extensive links to other activities and sites across the world, including a feed from the Global News Hub www.thenews.coop managed by Co-operative Press.
Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “2012 is a unique opportunity. We’d love to see everyone in the sector — and beyond — make it a co-operative year by promoting their co-operative values.
“The new website will help businesses and individuals make the most of it — an online events map, useful resources to order or download and links to what else is happening. It will be an online hub for everyone in the UK involved or interested in the International Year of Co-operatives.”
• To find out more, visit the website at www.uk.coop/2012