Glossary

The register contains details of societies registered (or previously registered) under:

  • Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (previously the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965)
  • Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969
  • Credit Unions Act 1979
  • The Credit Unions (Northern Ireland) Order 1985
  • Friendly Societies Act 1974
  • Friendly Societies Act 1992
  • Building Societies Act 1986

Information about documents

Pre-2001 for societies deregistered before 2001, the file will be with The National Archive.

2001-2013 – for societies still registered between 2001 and September 2013 documents were digitised on request. There may be information held on paper that is not available online. To find out if other documents are available, and to request their digitisation, ‘Request Digitisation’.

Post 2013 – from 18 September 2013 all documents were ‘digital by default’. Any document created after this date will be on the Register already.

On 1 April 2018 we received the digital files from the Department for the Economy in Northern Ireland, on the transfer of the registration function to the FCA.

System Codes

Suffix Definition
84ASociety registered under the Friendly Societies Act 1974 converting to a society under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014
ALAppointment of a liquidator
AM (or AMAL) Amalgamation of one society with another, to form a new society
CAN Cancellation of a society
CN Cancellation of a society
CO Conversion of a society to a company (used until 1994).
CONV Conversion of a society to a company or Scottish Charitable Organisation
CW Winding up by Court Order
F53Friendly society transferring to a branch
FW Final winding up
HC Cancellation of a society at the instigation of the FCA
HCDE Housing Corporation Deregistration
HCID Cancellation of a Building Society after dissolution
HCM Cancellation of a society by the Central Office on the grounds it has ceased to exist
HtoD Manual change of status (where a status of a society has not correctly updated)
ID Instrument of Dissolution
ID92 Incorporated Friendly Society dissolution
IDAU Instrument of dissolution
IOD Instrument of Dissolution for a society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 or Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969
LQ Voluntary Liquidation
LtoD Manual change of status (where a status of a society has not correctly updated)
NBC Cancellation of a society at the instigation of the FCA
OT Other Termination
OTRM Termination method unknown
RC Request to Cancel – where a society has applied to cancel its own registration.
RC92 Request to Cancel under the Friendly Societies Act 1992- where a society has applied to cancel its own registration.
RE Receivership
RR Request to Cancel – where a society has applied to cancel its own registration.
S126 Cancellation of a society where it has provided a certificate under s126 of the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 following either its transfer of engagements, dissolution, or liquidation.
S59Cancellation of a society where it has provided a certificate under s59 of the Industrial and Provident Societies Act 1965 following either its transfer of engagements, dissolution, or liquidation.
TE Transfer of engagements to another society
TE92 Transfer of engagements under the Friendly Societies Act 1992
TEB Branch transfer of engagements
TECO Transfer of engagements to a company
UN Amalgamation of one society with another, to form a new society
VW Voluntary winding up
WU Winding up
WUBS Building society final winding up

Some of the mutual society numbers are followed by a suffix. Societies registered in Northern Ireland under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 (before 6 April 2018) or The Credit Unions (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 have a prefix.


Suffix/Prefix Definition Society Type
4000 Co-operative Societies registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (from 1 August 2014) or the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 (from 6 April 2018) have a number starting 4000, with no prefix or suffix. Co-operative Society
7000 Community Benefit Societies registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 (from 1 August 2014) or the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 (from 6 April 2018) have a number starting 7000 with no prefix or suffix. Community Benefit Society
AD Ancient Order of Foresters - District Friendly Society
ADS Ancient Order of Foresters - Scottish District Friendly Society
AOF Ancient Order of Foresters - Court Friendly Society
AOFI Ancient Order of Foresters - Irish Branch Friendly Society
AOFS Ancient Order of Foresters - Scottish Court Friendly Society
AOHB Ancient Order of Hibernians - Scottish Branch Ancient Order of Hibernians - Scottish District Friendly Society
AOHD Ancient Order of Hibernians - Irish District Friendly Society
AOHI Ancient Order of Hibernians - Irish District Friendly Society
B Building Society Building Society
BS Building Society Scotland Building Society
BNI Building Society - Northern Ireland Building Society
BEN Benevolent Society Benevolent Society
BENI Benevolent Society - Irish Benevolent Society
BENS Benevolent Society - Scottish Benevolent Society
C Credit Union Credit Union
CU (prefix) Credit Union in Northern Ireland Credit Union
CUS Credit Union Scotland Credit Union
COL Collecting Society Friendly Society
COLS Collecting Society - Scottish Friendly Society
F Friendly Society Friendly Society
FASM Order of Free and Accepted Scottish Mechanics - Branch Friendly Society
FI Friendly Society - Irish Friendly Society
FS Friendly Society - Scottish Friendly Society
GLUK Grand Lodge of UK Independent Order of Engineers & Mechanics Friendly Society
GOIM Grand Order of Independent Mechanics - Branch Friendly Society
GOIS Grand Order of Israel and Shield of David - Branch Friendly Society
GUD Grand United Order of Oddfellows - District Friendly Society
GUOO Grand United Order of Oddfellows - Branch Friendly Society
IAC Industrial Assurance Company Data Transfer - see Companies House
INFI Irish National Foresters Benefit Society - Irish Branch Friendly Society
IOKD Independent Order of Oddfellows Kingston Unity - District Friendly Society
IOKU Independent Order of Oddfellows Kingston Unity - Lodge Friendly Society
IOMU Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - Lodge Friendly Society
IORI Independent Order of Rechabites - Irish District Friendly Society
IORS Independent Order of Rechabites - Salford Unity Friendly Society
IUOL Independent Order of Rachebites Salford Unity District Friendly Society
RSUS Independent Order of Rachebites Salford Unity - Scottish District Friendly Society
IUOM Independent Order of Loyal Mechanics England/World Friendly Society
IP (prefix) A society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 before 6 April 2018. Registered Society
L Loan Society Loan Society
MUD Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - District Friendly Society
MUDS Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - Scottish District Friendly Society
MUS Independent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - Scottish Lodge Friendly Society
NIOO National Independent Order of Oddfellows - Branch Friendly Society
NIOS National Independent Order of Oddfellows - Scottish Branch Friendly Society
OD Order of Druids - Lodge Friendly Society
ODD Order of Druids - District Friendly Society
OSTD Order of Sons of Temperance - District Friendly Society
OSTI Order of Sons of Temperance - Irish District Friendly Society
R Society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 before 1 August 2014. Registered Society
RS Society in Scotland registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 before 1 August 2014. Registered Society
SA Specially Authorised Society (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974) Specially Authorised Society
SAL Specially Authorised Loan Society (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974) Specially Authorised Society
SALI Specially Authorised Loan Society - Irish (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974) Specially Authorised Society
SAS Specially Authorised Society - Scottish (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974) Specially Authorised Society
SF Superannuation Fund Superannuation
SOO Scottish Order of Oddfellows - Scottish Lodges Friendly Society
UAOD United Ancient Order of Druids - Lodge Friendly Society
UBSM United Brotherhood of Speculative Mechanics Friendly Society
AODD United Ancient Order of Druids - District Friendly Society
W Working Men's Club Working Men’s Club
WI Working Men's Club - Irish Working Men’s Club
WS Working Men's Club - Scottish Working Men’s Club