We offer a range of one-to-one advice and peer mentoring support packages for new groups and existing Co-ops.
Visit https:// www.uk.coop/the-hive/about/advice-and-training to determine which of our support packages is most appropriate for you based on the different stage of setting up or developing your co-operative or social business.
Please select one option only from the list below. We will review your application and, if successful, we reserve the right to offer a different support package based on the information provided in your application form.
Becoming a Co-op - (up to 2 days) Groups in the early stages of planning a co-operative business or organisation (help with choosing appropriate legal structure, business model and governance arrangements) Mentoring Support - (up to 3 days mentoring support; 4 days for community energy groups). Get matched with an experienced mentor who has been 'there and done it'. They can help to generate problem solving ideas and encourage strategic thinking, offer moral support and act as a sounding board. Strategic Planning - (up to 4 days) specialist support to write a strategic plan with and for you - this might include marketing, HR Policies, reward and benefits. Sustainable/Growing Co-op - (up to 4 days) Existing co-ops - support starting with a board level diagnostic review, leading to an action plan for growth and sustainability and aiming to implement plans to sustain jobs, grow membership, trading income and profitability. Community Shares - (up to 4 days) co-operative and community enterprises considering, developing, and launching a community share offer or, ensuring that existing share odders meet good practice via the Standard Mark review process. Buy Out - (up to 7 days) support with transferring ownership of an existing business to its employees/workers; including support with transferring ownership of key amenities, assets and services to the local community
Please Note All Successful Applicants will be asked to pay a fee of £100 - if you are a Co-operative UK Member then the fee will be reduced to £75 (both figures include VAT).