The Hive has three pathways of support:
- Pathway 1: For start‑up groups and recently incorporated co-ops.
- Pathway 2: For existing co‑ops looking to grow and develop.
- Pathway 3: For businesses looking to convert to co‑operative or community ownership.
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.
Your co-operative is or will be based in the UK.
Your co-operative is or will be a trading and sustainable business.
Co‑operatives from key sectors
The Hive welcomes strong applications from all sectors. However, we are particularly interested in applications from the following:
Co‑operatives offering something new
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:
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:
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.
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…