Is a co-operative right for you? FREE events

Throughout 2017 we ran 15+ FREE 'Is a co-operative right for you?' half-day sessions open to any groups looking to start a co-op or anyone wanting to learn more. We will announce our programme of 2018 dates shortly.

To be the first to hear about 2018 sessions, please register for email updates from The Hive.

About 'Is a co-op right for you?' sessions

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 half-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.

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 half-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: 08/11/2017