About The Hive support delivery
The Hive support will help groups determine the most appropriate ownership model and legal structure for your co-op. However, the cost of incorporation is not covered by The Hive.
Incorporation of co-ops can be undertaken via our online registration tool. Registration costs £150 which includes VAT and the statutory fee.
This fee is subsidised thanks to The Co‑operative Bank, as part of The Hive programme for co-ops. If you use this service, you can also access one year's membership to Co‑operatives UK.
Roles and responsibilities
Co-operatives UK created and manages The Hive support programme.
The Hive has a ‘preferred provider’ list of co-operative development bodies who deliver support on behalf of The Hive.
You can view this list in our practitioners directory.
Support providers have been selected based on their skills, knowledge and experience and have also agreed to abide by a Code of Conduct.
By completing the Hive application you agree that the information is a fair and accurate reflection of your organisation and support needs. By completing the application form you also agree with our privacy notice below.
The information captured in your application form will help Co-operatives UK and our funding partner The Co-operative Bank to review and make a decision on your application for support.
The personal data collected on this form will be held securely and will only be used for administration purposes. You are welcome to contact us to discuss the data we hold on you at any time.
If your application is successful, we will share your personal details with relevant third parties who will deliver the programme of support.
Allocating support packages
A bespoke package of support will be agreed for successful applicants based on the needs identified in application as well as further dialogue with The Hive team.
Co-operatives UK will agree milestones for the support delivery with the applicant and the support provider and will contact support providers at regular intervals to check against progress.
When the support package has been completed, the support provider will inform Co-operatives UK. Both the support provider and the applicant will be sent an email containing a unique URL to complete an online survey.
This is your opportunity to advise how the support was delivered – what went well, what could have been better and the impact of the support including reporting against agreed outputs.
Additional support and resources
We've listed additional paths of funding and support via Co-operatives UK and other organisations.