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For businesses looking to convert to co‑op or community ownership

Now you've been through the eligibility process, you can apply to The Hive.

Are you a small family run business with up to 15 employees considering your succession plans, for example, due to retirement?

Our expert advice will quickly help you to understand the options for direct employee ownership and the benefits this brings.

Making it this far does not guarantee you will receive support. You will be asked for lots of information about your co‑op or proposed business.

Please ensure you are prepared before starting your application. Read the guidance outline below – in advance of starting your application.

Ready to apply?

  • Download The Hive application guidance hereThis guidance provides you with the information you will need to successfully complete the online application form – including any documents you should attach in support of your application. We will assess your application based on the information you provide. The questions will be different depending on which support pathway you select.
  • Start your application.
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