Apply for support from The Hive

If you are looking to set-up a co‑operative, or you're from an existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow, you could benefit from up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring. 

The Hive offers expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, skills training as well as online resources. There are three pathways of support:

Pathway 1

Start‑up groups and recently incorporated co-ops

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Pathway 2

Existing co‑ops looking to grow and develop.

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Pathway 3

Businesses looking to convert to co‑operative or community ownership.

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The Hive is open to applications all year round with applications reviewed at monthly panel assessment meetings. We aim to notify applicants of the outcome within two weeks of a monthly panel meeting, which means that the maximum amount of time an applicant will have to wait for a decision following submission is eight weeks. 

FREE workshops: Is a co-operative right for you?

The Hive runs FREE half-day workshops, taking place across the UK, for groups looking to start a co‑operative or anyone wanting to learn more. To date over 300 groups have attended these sessions, many going onto plan and start their own co-operative enterprises.

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Hear from some of the groups and co‑operatives who have received support through The Hive. Watch and read case studies…

Updated: 02/04/2019