Is a co-operative right for you? FREE events

Throughout 2017, we're running 15+ FREE 'Is a co-operative right for you?' one-day sessions open to any groups looking to start a co-op or anyone wanting to learn more about co-ops. SCROLL DOWN FOR DATES.

The sessions, run by experienced co-operative business advisers, are aimed at enterprises and start-ups, as well as business advisers, researchers, community organisers and individuals who want to understand more about co-ops and the co-op option.

The workshops 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.

In addition to the one-day workshop, attendees will be encouraged to visit and utilise www.thehive.coop – a business support website run Co-operatives UK in partnership with The Co-operative Bank for anyone looking to start or grow a co-operative business – and The Hive online community for new groups, new co-ops and existing co-ops to ask questions, share advice and discuss ideas.

FREE events in 2017

Date

Location

Register link

26/03/17  NEWCASTLE Register
26/04/17 NOTTINGHAM Register
11/05/17 MANCHESTER Register
14/06/17 BRIGHTON Register
19/06/17 OXFORD Register
05/07/17 LEEDS Register
12/09/17 NORWICH Register
19/09/17 LIVERPOOL Register
03/10/17 LONDON Register
04/10/17 BRISTOL Register
05/10/17 EXETER Register
07/11/17 MANCHESTER Register

More dates will be announced. If you'd like to be kept up to date with these events, please register for email updates from The Hive.

Additional information

'Is a co-operative right for you?' – more information

What will the day be about?

An interactive exploration of the history and application of the co-operative enterprise model; the many different types there are and their distinctive features and advantages relative to other models. It will:

  • Outline the opportunities that 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.

In addition to the one-day workshop, attendees will be encouraged to visit www.thehive.coop – a business support website run Co-operatives UK in partnership with The Co-operative Bank for anyone looking to start or grow a co-operative business – and The Hive online community 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: 14/03/2017