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Business Support – convert to a co-op: Application guidance

Application process

To access the business support, you must fill in an application form.

We accept applications on a rolling basis and assess them in regular assessment panel meetings which happen every 4-5 weeks. 

Once we have received your application we will first check if it fits our eligibility criteria.

  • If it does not, we will write to explain why and will provide you guidance on other steps you can take
  • If it does, we will submit it to the panel for a full assessment and inform you of the next panel date

We may also arrange a call in advance of the panel to discuss your application in more in detail.   

If you would like your application to be considered for the next panel session, please submit it at least 10 working days in advance. Below is a list of the panel dates and the deadline for submitting your application for that panel date. Please submit by 5 pm on the deadline date.

If your application has been submitted to the panel for full assessment, we will notify you of the result within 10 working days of the panel date. If your application is successful, we will then start co-ordinating the support package with you. 

Application deadlinePanel date
4 April 2024 17 April 2024 
2 May 202416 May 2024
31 May 202413 June 2024
5 July 202418 July 2024
2 August 202415 August 2024
30 August 202412 September 2024
4 October 202417 October 2024
1 November 202412 November 2024
28 November 202411 December 2024