StartUp Britain Campaign Rebrands Website to .CO

27 SEPTEMBER 2012, LONDON, UK
Summary
StartUp Britain has today announced it has re-branded its domain from .org to .CO, reflecting the trend among start-ups for short, accessible web addresses.

StartUp Britain has today announced it has re-branded its domain from .org to .CO, reflecting the trend among start-ups for short, accessible web addresses.

The national enterprise campaign has partnered with .CO Internet, the company behind the fast growing .CO domain, to offer new and growing businesses even easier access to its initiatives, information and resources.

Emma Jones, co-founder of StartUp Britain said: “Being able to build a business using the simplest, most memorable web address is key for any young business looking to get a foothold in the world. We’re really excited that we can move over to this ground-breaking new domain name and join forces with .CO to offer new businesses that sign up on our bus tour their own .CO domain, free for a year.  It will give these startups a really good start…and save us all a few taps on the keyboard!”

Juan Diego Calle, Founder & CEO of .CO said: “We are thrilled that StartUp Britain has chosen to make its online home at StartupBritain.co - providing valuable resources and connections to help entrepreneurs across the UK to build and grow their businesses online. Entrepreneurship is critical to every country's long term success, and as a start-up ourselves, we're inspired by the movement that StartUp Britain is creating to help drive the global economy forward.”

The campaign follows the trend of other high profile companies like Google and Twitter, which have already snapped-up .CO domains for parts of their business.

The UK is seeing record numbers of people setting up businesses.  According to the latest statistics on the StartUp Britain Tracker, 349,365 have registered companies this year, with more than a fifth of the adult-aged population engaged in early-stage entrepreneurial activity.

Emma added: “As this wave of entrepreneurialism pans out, it will become abundantly clear exactly how important access to new and innovative domain names will be for the future of new business.”


About StartUp Britain

The StartUp Britain campaign is backed by Government but operates as a fully private sector supported venture. It was founded by eight individuals and business owners and is sponsored by AXA, Dell, Intel, Intuit, PayPal and Magento Go. Its role is to inspire, accelerate and celebrate entrepreneurship. www.startupbritain.co

About .CO Internet

.CO Internet is the company behind the fast growing .CO domain. In just two years since its launch, .CO has become one of the most successful global domain extensions in history, with more than 1.3 million web addresses registered by people and companies in over 200 countries. From start-ups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is increasingly becoming the web address of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs the world over. For more information about .CO, please visit go.co or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

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"We are thrilled that StartUp Britain has chosen to make its online home at StartupBritain.co - providing valuable resources and connections to help entrepreneurs across the UK to build and grow their businesses online. Entrepreneurship is critical to every country's long term success, and as a start-up ourselves, we're inspired by the movement that StartUp Britain is creating to help drive the global economy forward." Juan Diego Calle, Founder & CEO
About .CO

.CO is the domain name of choice for innovators and entrepreneurs all over the world. Since launching in 2010, more than 1.6 million .CO domains have been registered by people and companies in more than 200 countries. From startups and small businesses to big brands and multinational corporations, .CO is where big ideas belong on the Web. For more information about .CO, please visit www.go.co or follow us on Twitter @dotCO.

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