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 www.uk.coop/coronavirus 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:
Start‑up groups and recently incorporated co-ops
Existing co‑ops looking to grow and develop.
Businesses looking to convert to co‑operative or community ownership.
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…