Is a co-operative right for you? FREE workshops

The Hive, our support programme for co-ops delivered by Co‑operatives UK in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank, offers FREE 'Is a co‑operative right for you?' half-day sessions for groups looking to start a co‑op or anyone wanting to learn more.

Read more about the workshops below, or find your nearest session. PLEASE NOTE: Workshops run from 1-5PM unless stated.



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11 Sep 2018

Grimsby (11-3.30)


20 Sep 2018

Liverpool – evening session


27 Sep 2018



2 Oct 2018



9 Oct 2018

Oxford – evening session


23 Oct 2018



6 Nov 2018



27 Nov 2018



About the sessions

The 'Is a co-op right for you?' workshops are an interactive exploration of the history and application of the co-operative model outlining the different types there are, their distinctive features and advantages relative to other types of business or organisation model. It will:

  • Outline the opportunities a co-operative business model offers community groups and businesses
  • Help groups already looking to start a business or organisation to determine whether the co-operative option is right for them.
  • Help groups identify what further work is needed to do before you are able to register as a co-operative.

What attendees will learn?

  • The wide range of different types of co-operative and the sectors they operate in.
  • The advantages and distinctive features of the co-operative model
  • The factors that determine the most appropriate co-operative model for a given enterprise.
  • The support available to co-operative start-ups and conversions.

Attendees should also utilise – a website run by Co-operatives UK in partnership with The Co-operative Bank for anyone looking to start or grow a co-operative business.

The Hive online community is another useful resource for new groups, new co-ops and existing co-ops to ask questions, share advice and discuss ideas.

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: 21/08/2018