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Benenden Healthcare joins national campaign for co-operation

3rd June 2010

Benenden Healthcare’s commitment to the ideals of mutuality has been reinforced with its confirmation as newest member of Co-operatives UK.

Co-operatives UK is the national trade body that campaigns for co-operation and, as Benenden Healthcare is a friendly society run for members – and one of the most active mutuals in the UK - it made sense that Benenden Healthcare Society would join Co-operatives UK particularly now with the renewed interest in co-operation within public services.

Working closely with Co-operatives UK, Benenden Healthcare is planning to strengthen its links with the co-operative movement and to develop and build on its unique position in the market.

“Our mutuality and our democratic structure means that members play an active role in the running of the Society,” said Ken Hesketh, Chief Executive of Benenden Healthcare. “There is a fascinating policy debate at the moment that could herald the rejuvenation of mutual organisations’ role in society. We should celebrate the fact that in democracies there is always a plurality of views. But there is a growing consensus on the extended role and benefits that mutual organisations can provide to the UK health & wellbeing marketplace. In our Society we believe that promotion of existing and establishment of new mutual organisations, in all their guises, can only serve to promote a more active and inclusive society.  This is sorely needed in the wake of a recession which has seen consumers re-evaluate their priorities and demand more transparency from those organizations they rely upon.  

We at Benenden Healthcare welcome this policy debate and hope that in the months and years to come we can help shape public policy makers thinking in this area. Once again in our society, the feeling’s mutual.”

Ed Mayo, Secretary General of Co-operatives UK, said: “We are delighted to welcome Benenden Healthcare to Co-operatives UK. Our role is to promote and support co-operatives and to offer them a collective voice.

“Benenden Healthcare has operated on co-operative principles since it was formed 105 years ago, and has been run for its members with no shareholders to satisfy financially.”

Co-operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite co-operative enterprises. It has a unique role as a trade association for co-operatives and its campaigns for co-operation, such as Co-operatives Fortnight, bring together all those with a passion and interest in co-operative action.

Any organisation supportive of co-operation and mutuality can join and there are many opportunities online for individuals to connect to the latest co-operative news, innovations and campaigns. All members benefit from specialist services and the chance to network with other co-operatives, whilst for new co-operatives, Co-operatives UK provides low cost registration, free membership and free advice on legal structures and governance.

http://www.uk.coop/

 

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