Glossary

Registered Societies Prefixes and Suffixes

Clifford McDowell

The Financial Conduct Authority (FCA) Mutuals Register contains a list of mutual societies registered by the FCA. It has information for societies currently registered, and those no longer registered. The types of mutual society registered include:

  • Registered societies, including:
    • Co-operative societies; and
    • Community benefit societies
  • Credit unions
  • Building societies
  • Friendly societies

The FCA along with the PRA is responsible for the regulation of these societies. To aid in the regulation they will add suffixes and prefixes to help in the categorisation. A full list of these is available below.

For further information on the regulation of mutuals read the article on the Definition of a Mutual Society

Registered Societies Prefixes and Suffixes

List of Prefixes and Suffixes used by the Financial Conduct Authority in their Mutuals Register
Suffix/PrefixDefinitionType
4000Co-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
7000Community 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
ADAncient Order of Foresters - DistrictFriendly Society
ADSAncient Order of Foresters - Scottish DistrictFriendly Society
AOFAncient Order of Foresters - CourtFriendly Society
AOFIAncient Order of Foresters - Irish BranchFriendly Society
AOFSAncient Order of Foresters - Scottish CourtFriendly Society
AOHBAncient Order of Hibernians - Scottish Branch Ancient Order of Hibernians - Scottish DistrictFriendly Society
AOHDAncient Order of Hibernians - Irish DistrictFriendly Society
AOHIAncient Order of Hibernians - Irish DistrictFriendly Society
BBuilding SocietyBuilding Society
BSBuilding Society ScotlandBuilding Society
BNIBuilding Society - Northern IrelandBuilding Society
BENBenevolent SocietyBenevolent Society
BENIBenevolent Society - IrishBenevolent Society
BENSBenevolent Society - ScottishBenevolent Society
CCredit UnionCredit Union
CU (prefix)Credit Union in Northern IrelandCredit Union
CUSCredit Union ScotlandCredit Union
COLCollecting SocietyFriendly Society
COLSCollecting Society - ScottishFriendly Society
FFriendly SocietyFriendly Society
FASMOrder of Free and Accepted Scottish Mechanics - BranchFriendly Society
FIFriendly Society - IrishFriendly Society
FSFriendly Society - ScottishFriendly Society
GLUKGrand Lodge of UK Independent Order of Engineers & MechanicsFriendly Society
GOIMGrand Order of Independent Mechanics - BranchFriendly Society
GOISGrand Order of Israel and Shield of David - BranchFriendly Society
GUDGrand United Order of Oddfellows - DistrictFriendly Society
GUOOGrand United Order of Oddfellows - BranchFriendly Society
IACIndustrial Assurance CompanyData Transfer - see Companies House
INFIIrish National Foresters Benefit Society - Irish BranchFriendly Society
IOKDIndependent Order of Oddfellows Kingston Unity - DistrictFriendly Society
IOKUIndependent Order of Oddfellows Kingston Unity - LodgeFriendly Society
IOMUIndependent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - LodgeFriendly Society
IORIIndependent Order of Rechabites - Irish DistrictFriendly Society
IORSIndependent Order of Rechabites - Salford UnityFriendly Society
IUOLIndependent Order of Rachebites Salford Unity DistrictFriendly Society
RSUSIndependent Order of Rachebites Salford Unity - Scottish DistrictFriendly Society
IUOMIndependent Order of Loyal Mechanics England/WorldFriendly Society
IP (prefix)A society registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act (Northern Ireland) 1969 before 6 April 2018.Registered Society
LLoan SocietyLoan Society
MUDIndependent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - DistrictFriendly Society
MUDSIndependent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - Scottish DistrictFriendly Society
MUSIndependent Order of Oddfellows Manchester Unity - Scottish LodgeFriendly Society
NIOONational Independent Order of Oddfellows - BranchFriendly Society
NIOSNational Independent Order of Oddfellows - Scottish BranchFriendly Society
ODOrder of Druids - LodgeFriendly Society
ODDOrder of Druids - DistrictFriendly Society
OSTDOrder of Sons of Temperance - DistrictFriendly Society
OSTIOrder of Sons of Temperance - Irish DistrictFriendly Society
RSociety registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 before 1 August 2014.Registered Society
RSSociety in Scotland registered under the Co-operative and Community Benefit Societies Act 2014 before 1 August 2014.Registered Society
SASpecially Authorised Society (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974)Specially Authorised Society
SALSpecially Authorised Loan Society (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974)Specially Authorised Society
SALISpecially Authorised Loan Society - Irish (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974)Specially Authorised Society
SASSpecially Authorised Society - Scottish (under the Friendly Societies Act 1974)Specially Authorised Society
SFSuperannuation FundSuperannuation
SOOScottish Order of Oddfellows - Scottish LodgesFriendly Society
UAODUnited Ancient Order of Druids - LodgeFriendly Society
UBSMUnited Brotherhood of Speculative MechanicsFriendly Society
AODDUnited Ancient Order of Druids - DistrictFriendly Society
WWorking Men's ClubWorking Men’s Club
WIWorking Men's Club - IrishWorking Men’s Club
WSWorking Men's Club - ScottishWorking Men’s Club

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