Building better co-operative businesses
The Hive is a new business support programme from Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank, for people wanting to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises. Explore our our mix of online resources, opportunities for advice and training can help you build a better co-operative business.
Find out about fantastic advice and training opportunities available for groups at different stages of setting up or developing their co-operative or social business: from peer mentoring, group advice and one-to-one advice to co-operative skills training sessions.
Or scroll down to access resources and downloads available for new groups starting a co-operative or community enterprise, through to established co-ops looking to grow.
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Apply for tailored business advice
Apply for tailored business advice and training opportunities no matter what stage you are at in either setting up or developing your co-operative or social business.+
From testing your business idea to writing a business plan, this section takes you through the process – step-by-step – with information and downloads to help you kick off.+
Setting up a co-op
This section is designed to help you navigate the legal processes involved in registering your new co-operative business.+
As a co-operative develops and grows, so must the way it is run and governed. This section is designed to help you grow and develop your co-op or community business.+
Buyouts & conversions
The different ways in which a non-co-operative business could become co-operative.+