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. 

COVID-19: The Hive support programme is still open for applications for groups looking to set up a new co-op or you are an existing co-op looking for support. However, if you're a co‑op and concerned about the impact of COVID‑19 on your business, Co‑operatives UK is also collating a range of guidance at or contact Co‑operatives UK if you have any questions.

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. 

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

Updated: 21/08/2020