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.
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
Select your area of interest
Apply for tailored business advice
Apply for tailored business advice and training opportunities no matter what stage you are at in either setting up or developing your co-operative or social business.+
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.+