Become a Partner or Affiliate

Commercial Partners help shape the future of older people's housing and care in the UK

In order to achieve our vision, we work with a wide network of stakeholders, suppliers and partners. To support this, we have created a variety of commercial partnership opportunities for organisations that support the work of Retirement Communities. We offer three levels of commercial partnership to meet the needs of our members and sector and these are split into the following twelve categories:

For each category there can be the following:

  • One Strategic Partner
  • Three Partners
  • Unlimited Affiliates

Commercial Partnership Types (from 1 September 2021)

ARCO Affiliates are the entry-level ARCO Commercial Partners. This level of partnership is perfect for organisations that are exploring the Retirement Community industry and who wish to gain commercial traction in the sector. Affiliates get access to a range of networking events, receive newsletters and enjoy other benefits such as special ticket rates for ARCO conferences, use of ARCO branding and an organisation profile on the ARCO website.


With a growing sector, ARCO recognises the contribution of key advisors and suppliers. The shape of regulation and legislation is set to change considerably over the next 10 years, this will also increase the need for specific advisory capability and capacity. ARCO Partners are the mid-tier Commercial Partners and they enjoy high levels of access to ARCO Members. ARCO Partners are also invited to contribute to ARCO Advisory Council meetings subject to the expertise required by the Board. 

ARCO Strategic Partners are the top tier for ARCO Commercial Partnerships. They are organisations recognised as being leaders in their field, who bring key specialisms and expertise to ARCO Members. Your organisation will be the only one in your field to be recognised as an ARCO Strategic Partner. Strategic Partners are also invited to contribute to ARCO Advisory Council meetings subject to the expertise required by the Board. Strategic Partnership is subject to approval by the ARCO Board 


Please note that commercial partnerships and affiliation are not available to organisations that are operating or planning to operate a Retirement Community. These organisations should become members of ARCO.

Get started

Registering to become an Affiliate or Partner is easy. To get started:

  1. Fill in our registration form. We'll send you an email with your account details
  2. Log in and click Join. You will be prompted to choose a partnership or affiliate level 
  3. Fill in the Partner and Affiliate registration form.

We'll then review your application and be in touch as soon as possible. 

Register now

Contact the Membership Team

If you have any questions please contact the Membership Team, to discuss your options.