The Hive is a support programme for UK start‑up and existing co‑op businesses, funded by The Co‑operative Bank. It offers free resources as well as a bespoke programme of support.
Who runs The Hive?
The Hive is supported by The Co-operative Bank, the only UK high street bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy, and co-operative values enshrined in its articles of association. As part of its commitment to supporting co-operatives, The Hive provides resources to help grow new co-ops and community businesses to start-up, existing co-ops to grow, and non co-ops to convert.
What does The Hive offer?
Up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring for groups looking to set-up a co‑operative, existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow or business looking to convert to co-operative or community ownership.
- Support for new-start and recently incorporated co-ops.
- Support for existing co-ops
- Support for existing businesses to convert to a employee or community ownership