Application guidance

If you are applying for support from The Hive, we encourage you to read the below guidance to ensure you are eligible and, if so, to ensure you are prepared before starting your application. 

If you've read through or downloaded the application guidance already, you can take our quick eligibility checker before proceeding to The Hive application form:


 

Pathway 1: For start‑up groups and recently incorporated co-operatives

The following outlines the questions you will be asked and the level of detail required.

You can also download a pdf with this information (pdf).

Organisation information

  • Organisation name / address / contact email
  • Have you applied to The Hive support programme before? If yes, please include any case reference number you have from previous application(s). A case reference number would start with the letter S and contain 5 numbers.
  • Are you currently a member of Co-operatives UK? If yes, what is your membership number?
  • Any website / social media links so we can follow/engage with your organisation on your journey through this process.

Which support pathway are you applying for?

You will be asked to select a support pathway from the list, which will determine which questions you are asked. We will review your application and, if successful, we reserve the right to offer a different support package based on the information provided in your application form.

  • Pathway 1: Start up groups and recently incorporated co-operatives
  • Pathway 2: Existing co-operatives looking to grow and develop
  • Pathway 3: Businesses looking to convert to co-operative or community ownership  

Please note: All Successful applicants will be asked to pay a commitment fee of £100, or £75 for members of Co-operatives UK (both figures include VAT).

About your business

Tell us about your emerging group or business idea and how you will trade.

  • Can you demonstrate that you understand what it means to be a co-op both in terms of membership, business and trading?
  • How will a co-op model of ownership add value to your business?
  • What is your service/product?
  • What have you achieved so far and what do you expect to do next?
  • Please let us know the resources you have used, including those provided by The Hive/Co-operatives UK.

Viability, sustainability and growth.

  • What work have you undertaken to test your business idea and financial viability? Can you demonstrate that your product or service is needed? e.g. Evidence could include market research, feasibility study, community support and engagement (pledges, surveys), a prototype, or successful examples of a similar nature.
  • What are your ambitions to grow or scale the business and / or improve your business performance? E.g. new products / services, new premises / assets?
  • How are you planning to be more sustainable (jobs, members, profitability)?

Tell us how your co-operative is offering something new

  • Tell us how your co-op has potential for growth, scaling up or replication.
  • Are you filling a gap in the market?
  • Are you creating alternative and more democratic solutions to specific issues and challenges?
  • See our guidance for key sectors / markets the Hive would like to support: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/apply/guidance#who

About your support needs

Tell us why you require the support and what the direct one-to-one support will help you achieve?

  • What are the specific issues or challenges you are currently facing?
  • Do you need support to identify the most appropriate ownership model and legal structure?       
  • Do you need help with incorporating?
  • How will the direct one-to-one support help you and what are the intended outcomes at the end of the delivery?
  • Are you looking to test out your business idea or develop your business plan?
  • Are you intending to undertake a community share offer? You should clearly indicate whether you require development support or assessment support leading to being awarded the Community Shares Standard Mark. You will need to undertake Step 1 of the Community Shares Step by Step tool and submit the report with your application: http://communityshares.org.uk/how-does-it-work

Tell us how bespoke skills training will help you.

  • This might involve skills training for your steering group or board around strategic planning, change management, governance, membership, communications, HR or finance etc.

Tell us how peer mentoring support will help you.

  • Are you looking to learn from an existing trading co-op in a similar sector, same type of business (ownership model)?
  • Are you looking to learn from their experience around their governance arrangements,  member recruitment and engagement, strategic planning, community share offer etc?

Additional information

When do you want the support to commence and over what period? 

  • 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 you will have to wait for a decision following submission is eight weeks.
  • The Hive recommends a maximum delivery period of six months, please be sure to let us know if you anticipate requiring a longer duration.

Members and customers.  

  • Tell us about your intended customers, users and members. Try to be specific e.g. numbers, demographics, where located, what is their interest in the co-op, are they individuals, local community or businesses? How have you researched this (primary or secondary data)
  • Who are the members, what will be the member benefit and what will be your member transaction?
  • What is your intended co-operative ownership model (e.g. workers, customers, community or a combination?) see https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/is-a-co-op-right-for-you/getting-started/co-op-movement/co-op-models
  • What engagement has there been with potential or existing customers, stakeholders and members (e.g. social media, surveys, events, meetings, subscribers, number of existing members)?

Social and environmental impact.

  • Tell us how your business idea/organisation supports, serves or benefits under-represented or hard to reach communities and demographics, e.g. Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic communities (BAME), or young people.
  • Tell us how you are creating or delivering social value and environmental impact (what issues, problems are users/beneficiaries facing and how are you solving these issues? How will you measure social impact? 
  • Do you have an understanding of the co-operative values and principles? See https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/is-a-co-op-right-for-you/getting-started/co-op-movement/values-principles

Governance. How are you organised?

  • If you are not yet incorporated or at the early start stage of setting up your business, tell us more about your core founding group and how you are organised?
  • How many people are involved? What are their roles and relevant experience and is there experience of working together?
  • What work have you undertaken to understand working co-operatively?
  • What business model do you think is most appropriate for your organisation?

Sector and organisation status

Which sector do you operate in?

  • Community energy, sustainability and environment
  • Community retail, wholesale
  • Digital, creative and media
  • Employment, training and education
  • Food and farming, community supported agriculture
  • Health and social care
  • Housing
  • Pubs and brewing
  • Sport and leisure
  • Tourism, arts, heritage and community hub
  • Transport

What is your organisations legal status? For companies, societies and charities we need a registered number.

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Community Interest Company
  • Company
  • LLP
  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Society
  • Unincorporated
  • Don’t know

What is your organisation's reach?

  • Local / Neighbourhood / Regional / Multi-regional / National / International / Not sure

How many employees, volunteers or members do you currently have?

  • Part time / Full time staff; Volunteers; Members; Board members.

How are you raising the funds to start your enterprise? Please tick all that apply and provide details i.e Have you applied or received support from any other funders?

  • Commercial Loans / Community Finance Loan / Community Shares / Crowdfunding / Donations / Grants / Sponsorship.
  • Please provide and additional information you can regarding funding.

Support providers

Applicants are able to indicate a preferred support provider for all aspects of the support available as part of their application. If your application is successful, we will make every effort to allocate you your preferred support provider. However, we reserve the right to offer an alternative based on availability, geography, skills and experience. 

Do you have a specific provider in mind to deliver the direct one-to-one support?

  • You can see a list of The Hive Support Providers, otherwise The Hive team will allocate you the best provider depending on your needs and/or location.
  • Do you have an existing working relationship with the selected provider? You will be asked to select the provider from a drop down list.

Do you have a specific mentor in mind to deliver the peer mentoring support?

  • If you would like to be mentored by an existing trading co-op or have a pre-existing relationship with a co-op that you wish to continue, please provide details of the co-op.
  • Please provide information regarding your relationship with the support mentor you have indicated.

Do you have a specific organisation or training provider in mind to deliver bespoke in-house skills training?

  • Please provide details regarding the relationship with the training provider you have suggested?
  • Why have you indicated this training provider?
  • How will you benefit from the training?

Supporting documentation

You may attach documents that support your application. Please name these clearly, e.g. Co-operatives UK 2019 Business Plan. You can add up to 30MB worth of documentation – please keep this to relevant documentation that aids our understanding of your organisation. 

A good starting place for new start co-operatives or recently incorporated are around business planning: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/co-operative-business-planning

Commitment Fee

Successful applicants will be charged a small fee by Co-operatives UK to access the support. This will be just £100 or £75 for Co-operatives UK Members, and is a flat rate, irrespective of the number of days accessed.

This fee has been included to ascertain the level of commitment of the client, as learnings from previous co-operative support programmes have suggested that any advice deemed to be ‘free’ is valued less highly by clients. Co-operatives UK reinvests these money into future support provision.

Now you've read through or downloaded the application guidance, you can take our quick eligibility checker before proceeding to The Hive application form:

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Pathway 2: For existing co‑operatives looking to grow and develop

The following outlines the questions you will be asked and the level of detail required.

You can also download this information (pdf).

Organisation information

  • Organisation name / address / contact email
  • Have you applied to The Hive support programme before? If yes, please include any case reference number you have from previous application(s). A case reference number would start with the letter S and contain 5 numbers.
  • Are you currently a member of Co-operatives UK? If yes, what is your membership number?
  • Any website / social media links so we can follow/engage with your organisation on your journey through this process.​

Which support pathway are you applying for

You will be asked to select a support pathway from the list, which will determine which questions you are asked. We will review your application and, if successful, we reserve the right to offer a different support package based on the information provided in your application form.

  • Pathway 1: Start up groups and recently incorporated co-operatives
  • Pathway 2: Existing co-operatives looking to grow and develop
  • Pathway 3: Businesses looking to convert to co-operative or community ownership 

Please note: All Successful applicants will be asked to pay a commitment fee of £100, or £75 for members of Co‑operatives UK (both figures include VAT).

About your business

Tell us about your co-op and how you currently trade. 

  • What is the purpose of your organisation?
  • How do you actively demonstrate your co-operative values and principles?
  • What is your service/product?

Viability, sustainability and growth.

  • When was your business plan last updated? Please attach a copy at the end of the form.
  • We are keen to support ambitious projects looking to scale or grow; how feasible is this and what are the likely challenges? 
  • How will existing structures meet potential growth and improved business performance e.g. new members, new staff, new products / services / new premises / assets, expanding business activities, increased profitability? 
  • Is there the capacity and leadership to engage with the support and achieve these ambitions?
  • Do you have a strategic plan in place? If so, when was this produced/last/updated? Please attach a copy at the end of the form.
  • Do you have a copy of your most recent annual accounts? Please attach a copy at the end of the form. 
  • Are you confident that that you have the capacity to engage with the support including strategic planning sessions, diagnostic review, skills training etc? Who will lead on this - your board or management team?

Tell us how your co-operative is offering something new

  • Tell us how your co-op has potential for growth, scaling up or replication.
  • Are you filling a gap in the market?
  • Are you creating alternative and more democratic solutions to specific issues and challenges?
  • See our guidance for key sectors / markets the Hive would like to support: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/apply/guidance#who

About your support needs

Tell us why you require the support and what the direct one-to-one support will help you achieve?

  • What are the specific issues or challenges you are currently facing?
  • How will the direct one-to-one support help you and what are the intended outcomes at the end of the delivery?
  • Are you planning to undertake a community share offer? Do you have evidence of initial community engagement, is there a draft business plan and financial forecasts? You will need to undertake Step 1 of the Community Shares Step by Step tool and submit the report with your application: http://communityshares.org.uk/how-does-it-work

Tell us how bespoke skills training will help you.

  • This might involve skills training for your steering group or board around strategic planning, change management, governance, membership, communications, HR or finance etc.

Tell us how peer mentoring support will help you.

  • Are you looking to learn from an existing trading co-op in a similar sector, same type of business (ownership model)?
  • Are you looking to learn from their experience around their governance arrangements, member recruitment and engagement, strategic planning, community share offer etc?

Additional information

When do you want the support to commence and over what period? 

  • 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 you will have to wait for a decision following submission is eight weeks.
  • The Hive recommends a maximum delivery period of six months, please be sure to let us know if you anticipate requiring a longer duration.

Members and customers.  

  • Tell us about your customers, users and members. Try to be specific e.g. numbers, demographics, where located, what is their interest in the co-op, are they individuals, local community or businesses? 
  • Who are the members (e.g. workers, customers, community or a combination)? What is the member benefit and member transaction? 
  • How do you engage with existing customers and members (e.g. social media, surveys, events, meetings, subscribers)?

Social and environmental impact.

  • Tell us how your business idea supports, serves or benefits under-represented or hard to reach communities and demographics, e.g. Black, Asian & minority ethnic communities (BAME), or young people.
  • What are your social or environmental aims? Tell us about how you are creating or delivering social value and impact.

Governance. How are you organised?

  • Which of your board members / management team will participate in an initial diagnostic review / or action planning session?
  • Who is responsible for enacting any actions that result from the diagnostic review / action planning session?
  • Tell us about your ownership model, legal and governance structure and decision-making process.

Sector and organisation status

Which sector do you operate in?

  • Community energy, sustainability and environment
  • Community retail, wholesale
  • Digital, creative and media
  • Employment, training and education
  • Food and farming, community supported agriculture
  • Health and social care
  • Housing
  • Pubs and brewing
  • Sport and leisure
  • Tourism, arts, heritage and community hub
  • Transport

What is your organisations legal status? For companies, societies and charities we need a registered number.

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Community Interest Company
  • Company
  • LLP
  • Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Society
  • Unincorporated
  • Don’t know
  • [If applicable] What year was your organisation incorporated.
  • [If applicable] What is your annual turnover?

What is your organisation's reach?

  • Local / Neighbourhood / Regional / Multi-regional / National / International / Not sure

How many employees, volunteers or members do you currently have?

  • Part time / Full time staff; Volunteers; Members; Board members.

How are you raising the funds to start your enterprise? Please tick all that apply and provide details i.e Have you applied or received support from any other funders?

  • Commercial Loans / Community Finance Loan / Community Shares / Crowdfunding / Donations / Grants / Sponsorship.
  • Please provide and additional information you can regarding funding.

Support providers

Applicants are able to indicate a preferred support provider for all aspects of the support available as part of their application. If your application is successful, we will make every effort to allocate you your preferred support provider. However, we reserve the right to offer an alternative based on availability, geography, skills and experience. 

Do you have a specific provider in mind to deliver the direct one-to-one support?

  • You can see a list of The Hive Support Providers, otherwise The Hive team will allocate you the best provider depending on your needs and/or location.
  • Do you have an existing working relationship with the selected provider? You will be asked to select the provider from a drop down list.

Do you have a specific mentor in mind to deliver the peer mentoring support?

  • If you would like to be mentored by an existing trading co-op or have a pre-existing relationship with a co-op that you wish to continue, please provide details of the co-op.
  • Please provide information regarding your relationship with the support mentor you have indicated.

Do you have a specific organisation or training provider in mind to deliver bespoke in-house skills training?

  • Please provide details regarding the relationship with the training provider you have suggested?
  • Why have you indicated this training provider?
  • How will you benefit from the training?

Supporting documentation

You may attach documents that support your application. Please name these clearly, e.g. Co-operatives UK 2019 Business Plan. You can add up to 30MB worth of documentation – please keep this to relevant documentation that aids our understanding of your organisation.

A good starting place for existing co-operatives is https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/growing-your-co-operative

Specifically:

Other examples / things to consider:

  • Business plan. The Hive website has information on how to write a business plan, including a template, under the ‘business plan’ section including cash flow forecasts and basic budgets: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/co-operative-business-planning/your-business-plan
  • If the group or co-operative plans to to apply for support with a Community Shares offer, they need to undertake the initial Phase 1 Community Shares Step-by-Step tool and upload the report created http://communityshares.org.uk/how-does-it-work
  • You might have other relevant documentation – e.g. market research report, documents which demonstrate sustainability, future ambitions (such as strategy documents) and statutory accounts for existing trading co-ops.

Commitment Fee

Successful applicants will be charged a small fee by Co-operatives UK to access the support. This will be just £100 or £75 for Co-operatives UK Members, and is a flat rate, irrespective of the number of days accessed.

This fee has been included to ascertain the level of commitment of the client, as learnings from previous co-operative support programmes have suggested that any advice deemed to be ‘free’ is valued less highly by clients. Co-operatives UK reinvests these money into future support provision.

Now you've read through or downloaded the application guidance, you can take our quick eligibility checker before proceeding to The Hive application form:

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Pathway 3: For businesses looking to convert to co‑operative or community ownership

The following outlines the questions you will be asked and the level of detail required.

You can also download a pdf with this information.

Organisation information

  • Organisation name / address / contact email
  • Have you applied to The Hive support programme before? If yes, please include any case reference number you have from previous application(s). A case reference number would start with the letter S and contain 5 numbers.
  • Are you currently a member of Co-operatives UK? If yes, what is your membership number?
  • Any website / social media links so we can follow/engage with your organisation on your journey through this process.​

Which support pathway are you applying for

You will be asked to select a support pathway from the list, which will determine which questions you are asked. We will review your application and, if successful, we reserve the right to offer a different support package based on the information provided in your application form.

  • Pathway 1: Start up groups and recently incorporated co-operatives
  • Pathway 2: Existing co-operatives looking to grow and develop
  • Pathway 3: Businesses looking to convert to co-operative or community ownership 

Please note: All Successful applicants will be asked to pay a commitment fee of £100, or £75 for members of Co‑operatives UK (both figures include VAT).

About your business

Tell us about your business and how you currently trade.

  • Can you demonstrate that you understand what it means to be a co-op both in terms of membership, business and trading?
  • How will a co-op model of ownership add value to your business?
  • What is your service/product?

Viability, sustainability and growth.

  • When was your business plan last updated? (you will be asked to attach a copy of this to your application)
  • Do you have a copy of your most recent annual accounts? (you will be asked to attach a copy of this to your application)
  • Do you have a strategic plan in place? If so, when was this produced/last/updated? (you will be asked to attach a copy of this to your application)
  • What are your ambitions to grow or scale the business and / or improve your business performance? E.g. new products / services, new premises / assets?
  • How are you planning to be more sustainable (jobs, members, profitability)?

Tell us how your co-operative is offering something new

  • Tell us how your co-op has potential for growth, scaling up or replication.
  • Are you filling a gap in the market?
  • Are you creating alternative and more democratic solutions to specific issues and challenges?
  • See our guidance for key sectors / markets the Hive would like to support https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/apply/guidance#who

About your support needs

Tell us why you require the support and what the direct one-to-one support will help you achieve?

  • What are the specific issues or challenges you are currently facing?
  • How will the direct one-to-one support help you and what are the intended outcomes at the end of the delivery?
  • Are you planning to undertake a community share offer? Do you have evidence of initial community engagement, is there a draft business plan and financial forecasts? You will need to undertake Step 1 of the Community Shares Step by Step tool and submit the report with your application: http://communityshares.org.uk/how-does-it-work

Tell us how bespoke skills training will help you.

  • This might involve skills training for your steering group or board around strategic planning, change management, governance, membership, communications, HR or finance etc.

Tell us how peer mentoring support will help you.

  • Are you looking to learn from an existing trading co-op in a similar sector, same type of business (ownership model)?
  • Are you looking to learn from their experience around their governance arrangements,  member recruitment and engagement, strategic planning, community share offer etc?

Additional information

When do you want the support to commence and over what period? 

  • 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 you will have to wait for a decision following submission is eight weeks.
  • The Hive recommends a maximum delivery period of six months, please be sure to let us know if you anticipate requiring a longer duration.

Members and customers. 

Social and environmental impact.

  • Tell us how your business idea supports, serves or benefits under-represented or hard to reach communities and demographics,  e.g. Black, Asian & minority ethnic communities (BAME), or young people.
  • What are your social or environmental aims? Tell us about how you are creating or delivering social value and impact.

Governance. How are you organised?

  • What is the current business model and how is it organised?
  • Who is involved and what roles will they play in this process-i.e. vendor and employee committee etc.?
  • How have existing employees/proposed members been consulted?

Sector and organisation status

Which sector do you operate in?

  • Community energy, sustainability and environment
  • Community retail, wholesale
  • Digital, creative and media
  • Employment, training and education
  • Food and farming, community supported agriculture
  • Health and social care
  • Housing
  • Pubs and brewing
  • Sport and leisure
  • Tourism, arts, heritage and community hub
  • Transport

What is your organisations legal status? For companies, societies and charities we need a registered number.

  • Charitable Incorporated Organisation / Community Interest Company / Company / LLP / Scottish Charitable Incorporated Organisation
  • Society
  • Unincorporated
  • Don’t know
  • [If applicable] What year was your organisation incorporated.
  • [If applicable] What is your annual turnover?

What is your organisation's reach?

  • Local / Neighbourhood / Regional / Multi-regional / National / International / Not sure

How many employees, volunteers or members do you currently have?

  • Part time / Full time staff; Volunteers; Members; Board members.

How are you raising the funds to start your enterprise? Please tick all that apply and provide details i.e Have you applied or received support from any other funders?

  • Commercial Loans / Community Finance Loan / Community Shares / Crowdfunding / Donations / Grants / Sponsorship.
  • Please provide and additional information you can regarding funding.

Support providers

Applicants are able to indicate a preferred support provider for all aspects of the support available as part of their application. If your application is successful, we will make every effort to allocate you your preferred support provider. However, we reserve the right to offer an alternative based on availability, geography, skills and experience. 

Do you have a specific provider in mind to deliver the direct one-to-one support?

  • You can see a list of The Hive Support Providers, otherwise The Hive team will allocate you the best provider depending on your needs and/or location.
  • Do you have an existing working relationship with the selected provider? You will be asked to select the provider from a drop down list.

Do you have a specific mentor in mind to deliver the peer mentoring support?

  • If you would like to be mentored by an existing trading co-op or have a pre-existing relationship with a co-op that you wish to continue, please provide details of the co-op.
  • Please provide information regarding your relationship with the support mentor you have indicated.

Do you have a specific organisation or training provider in mind to deliver bespoke in-house skills training?

  • Please provide details regarding the relationship with the training provider you have suggested?
  • Why have you indicated this training provider?
  • How will you benefit from the training?

Supporting documentation

A good starting place for existing businesses looking to convert to a co-operative: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/buyouts-and-conversions/employee-buyouts

You may attach documents that support your application. Please name these clearly, e.g. Co-operatives UK 2019 Business Plan. You can add up to 30MB worth of documentation – please keep this to relevant documentation that aids our understanding of your organisation. For example:

  • Business plan. The Hive website has information on how to write a business plan, including a template, under the ‘business plan’ section including cash flow forecasts and basic budgets: https://www.uk.coop/the-hive/co-operative-business-planning/testing-your-business-idea
  • If the group or co-operative plans to to apply for support with a Community Shares offer, they need to undertake the initial Phase 1 Community Shares Step-by-Step tool and upload the report created http://communityshares.org.uk/how-does-it-work
  • You might have other relevant documentation – e.g. market research report, documents which demonstrate sustainability, future ambitions (such as strategy documents) and statutory accounts for existing trading businesses.

Commitment Fee

Successful applicants will be charged a small fee by Co-operatives UK to access the support. This will be just £100 or £75 for Co-operatives UK Members, and is a flat rate, irrespective of the number of days accessed.

This fee has been included to ascertain the level of commitment of the client, as learnings from previous co-operative support programmes have suggested that any advice deemed to be ‘free’ is valued less highly by clients. Co-operatives UK reinvests these money into future support provision.

Now you've read through or downloaded the application guidance, you can take our quick eligibility checker before proceeding to The Hive application form:

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Who can apply?

The Hive support is open to groups in the process of starting a co-operative, newly incorporated co-ops and in the early days of trading.

We welcome strong applications from all sectors and from all regions of the UK. Below outlines specific criteria and objectives that we are looking to achieve and that will make your application for support even stronger.

Essential criteria

Your co-operative is or will be based in the UK.

Your co-operative is or will be a trading and sustainable business.

  • You are already or you aspire to be a business with a clear trading model and you aim to sustain or grow jobs or members.
  • You are already or aim to generate a surplus which will be distributed among members, reinvested in the business or will benefit your local community e.g. a community fund or improved services.
  • You will not be wholly dependent on charitable donations or grants.
  • Please also read the should my business be a co-operative guidance.

Additional criteria

Co‑operatives from key sectors

The Hive welcomes strong applications from all sectors. However, we are particularly interested in applications from the following:

  • Creating fairer working conditions for freelance or casual workers, particularly in the ‘gig’ economy where work can be precarious.
  • Creating more collaborative digital and tech ownership models e.g. platform co‐ops (see also the UnFound programme)
  • Delivering improved health and social care provision.

Co‑operatives offering something new

  • Your co-operative offers, or aspires to offer, something new. You may be filling a gap in the market or creating alternative and more democratic solutions to specific issues or challenges. Your model has the potential for scaling-up or being replicated.
  • Examples might include providing access to better quality services which benefit local community that might not otherwise exist, delivering affordable quality community-owned housing or innovative community-owned renewable energy projects.

Co‑operatives from key regions/nations and demographics

The Hive welcomes strong applications from across the UK. However, we are particularly interested in applications from the following regions:

  • Lincolnshire and East of England
  • Midlands
  • North East​
  • Northern Ireland
  • Scotland
  • Wales

We are also interested in supporting co-ops which serve or benefit under-represented communities such as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities or young people.

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. 

If you've read through or downloaded the application guidance already, you can take our quick eligibility checker before proceeding to The Hive application form:

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Updated: 27/03/2019