£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...

CASE STUDY: Litherland REMYCA FC

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...

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