Co-operative businesses encourage principles which are beneficial to society, including: self-help, self-responsibility, democracy, equality, equity, and solidarity. They also often contribute to the communities in which they are based, and encourage sustainable environmental practices. Limiting investment in co-operative businesses thus limits their ability to make a positive contribution to society and a sustainable environment. It also places them at a comptetitive disadvantage to other forms of business, which do not have such investment limits.
The maximum legally-permitted investment by an individual in a co-operative business is currently £20000.
My idea is to raise this limit, either to a higher fixed value, or annually in a way which is index-linked to the cost of living; or to scrap this limit altogether.