Building better co-operative businesses
The Hive is a support programme for co-operatives delivered by Co‑operatives UK in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank.
If you are looking to set-up a co‑operative, or you're from an existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow, you could benefit from up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring.
COVID-19: The Hive support programme is still open for applications for groups looking to set up a new co-op or you are an existing co-op looking for support. However, if you're a co‑op and concerned about the impact of COVID‑19 on your business, Co‑operatives UK is also collating a range of guidance at www.uk.coop/coronavirus or contact Co‑operatives UK if you have any questions.
The Hive offers expert support to start-up or existing co-operatives. Scroll down to access FREE online resources.
Start‑up groups and recently incorporated co‑ops
Existing co‑ops looking to grow and develop.
Businesses looking to convert to co‑operative or community ownership.
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Apply to The HIve
The Hive offers up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring for groups looking to set-up a co‑operative or existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow.+
From testing your business idea to writing a business plan, this section takes you through the process – step-by-step – with information and downloads to help you kick off.+
Setting up a co-op
This section is designed to help you navigate the legal processes involved in registering your new co-operative business.+
As a co-operative develops and grows, so must the way it is run and governed. This section is designed to help you grow and develop your co-op or community business.+
Buyouts & conversions
The different ways in which a non-co-operative business could become co-operative.+