Building better co-operative businesses

The Hive is a support programme for co-ops delivered by Co‑operatives UK in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank. It's for any group wanting to start a co‑operative or existing co‑ops looking to strengthen or grow. Support ranges from a unique mix of online resources, direct advice, mentoring and training.

How The Hive can help co-ops:

DIRECT SUPPORT – what's on offer

  • Apply for expert one-to-one business advice or the chance to be matched with an experienced mentor from an existing co‑op.
  • Sign-up for a FREE 'Is a co-op right for you?' workshop – for people wanting to learn more about co‑ops, what's needed to start one and the support available.

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RESOURCES: Starting a co-op

RESOURCES: Grow or strengthen your co-op

Access information and downloads for your co-op in the following areas:

WHO WE'VE HELPED: Case studies

By... Co-operatives UK In partnership with... The co-operative bank

Apply for advice and training

Apply now for fantastic advice and training opportunities from The Hive. From group advice, skills and training, one-to-one and peer mentoring, there's something for people at every stage of setting up or developing their co-operative or social business.

Advice and training