What is The Hive?

The Hive is a UK-wide cross-sectoral programme of support for co-ops and community businesses. From renewables to retail, sports to social care, The Hive can support your organisation with:

  • Online advice to guide you through starting up, growth and conversions
  • Direct support, via one-to-one advice, group advice, peer mentoring and skills training

Who’s running it?

The Hive is the result of a partnership between Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank. 

The Hive programme is being delivered by Co-operatives UK, the trade body and network for Britain’s thousands of co-operatives. Co-operatives UK works to promote, develop and unite member-owned businesses, which are worth more than £37 billion to the economy.

The Hive is supported by The Co-operative Bank, the only UK high street bank with a customer-led Ethical Policy, and co-operative values enshrined in its articles of association. As part of its commitment to supporting co-operatives, The Hive provides resources to help grow new co-ops and community businesses to start-up, existing co-ops to grow, and non co-ops to convert.

What does The Hive provide?

The Hive offers a comprehensive programme of advice and training. Other than the online advice and guidance that this website offers, look out for the orange areas with the helping hand icon, which are situated throughout the site. These indicate, and link to, where direct support (one to one advice, group advice, peer mentoring or skills training) is available.

Contact us

If you have any questions, ideas or feedback, please feel free to contact the team at Co-operatives UK by email - [email protected]

Register for email updates from The Hive to be the first to hear about support and training opportunities, and new resources.

Updated: 27/09/2016