Advice and training: What's on offer

This section outlines all the advice and training opportunities available through The Hive, a business support programme for people and communities at different stages of setting up or developing a co-operative or social business.

Support packages available to you

The following table should help you determine which of our support is most appropriate for you – click on the links for more information. You can also read case studies of groups and co-operatives who have successfully applied for expert advice or a peer mentor through The Hive.

Support for:

Support packages available

Costs

Next step

'Is a co-operative right for you?' FREE sessions for groups looking to start a co-op or anyone wanting to learn more about co-ops.

One-day group session FREE Next step

→ Groups in the early stages of planning a co-operative business or organisation, e.g. undertaking a feasibility study or writing a business plan

One-to-one advice

Peer mentoring

 £100 (25% discount for Co-operatives UK members)

Next step

→ Groups who have a business plan in place and are ready to set up and incorporate as a co-operative

One-to-one advice

Peer mentoring

 £100 (25% discount for Co-operatives UK members)

Next step

→ Established co-operatives who are looking to develop skills or grow a specific aspect of your business/organisation

One-to-one advice

Co-op skills training

£100 (25% discount for Co-operatives UK members)

Next step

→ Existing groups or businesses looking to convert to a co-operative, e.g. through an employee buyout

One-to-one advice Various – read for more info

Next step

Please note: Charges apply to the one-to-one and peer mentor support, and co-operative skills training. Co-operatives UK members receive a 25% discount on all support packages (find out more about Co-operatives UK membership). One day group sessions are FREE.


Hear from some of the groups and co-operatives who have already received expert advice and peer mentoring through The Hive. Read our case studies…

Updated: 14/02/2017