£45,000 worth of expert advice awarded to 41 groups through The Hive

We are pleased to announce £45,000 worth of expert advice has been awarded to 41 groups through The Hive – our co-operative business support programme in partnership with The Co-operative Bank. See the infographic in full below.

Through The Hive, we invite applications from groups who need help to set up, or grow, a co-operatively run business or organisation.

Successful groups are then matched with an expert business advisor or a mentor from an established co-operative business who has ‘been there and done it’.

The 41 successful groups span an exciting range of sectors, from a community football club in Merseyside, a new tourist venture in Lincoln to a local bakery in Leeds to a multi-purpose studios, cafe and event space in Birmingham. We'll be sharing more case studies over the coming weeks.

Groups and co-operatives can apply throughout the year, with support being awarded on a monthly basis. Find out more and apply today at: www.thehive.coop/apply

INFOGRAPHIC: After one round of applications to The Hive

CASE STUDY: Leeds Bread Co-op

Leeds Bread Co-op is a social enterprises and worker co-op. They successfully applied to The Hive for one-to-one support to help prepare them with training and strategic planning as the look to expand their successful business. Read more...


With 25 teams, spanning under-7s to over-50s, Merseyside's Litherland REMYCA FC truly is a community club. They successfully applied to The Hive for support in establishing itself as a co‑operative. Read more...

CASE STUDY: Joseph Banks Ltd

Joseph Banks Ltd wants to launch a new social business based in uphill Lincoln. They successfully applied to The Hive to get an experienced peer mentor on board to advise them. Read more...

Written by Leila O'Sullivan
Updated: 21/09/2016