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:

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?

Up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring for groups looking to set-up a co‑operative, existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow or business looking to convert to co-operative or community ownership.

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: 25/03/2019