Overview and checklist

The next section includes all the information you need to set up your co-operatively run business or organisation.

We have included a checklist in full, including a downloadable version, so that you are able to keep track of your progress. This is important as you will need to go away and come back to the site a few times as you work through this stage of your set-up.

Registering your co-operative 

Watch this short video giving an overview of the steps required to register a co-operative. Further down the page we have a checklist, with links to the pages you need to visit, as well as a download so you can keep track of your progress: 




Incorporated and unincorporated co-operatives

Gives you an understanding of the differences between 'incorporated' and 'unincorporated' co-operatives and how this might affect the set-up of your co-operative.

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Governance: What you need to know

Gives you an overview of the key things you need to understand when considering the governance of your co-operative, including:

  • Governing documents
  • Governing body
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Your co-operative structure

Helps you work through the options you have for setting up your co-op's legal structure, including:

  • Incorporated vs Unicorporated
  • Select-a-structure tool
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Your legal and governance options explained

Helps you understand the different legal forms available for co-operatives – your options and where you can get help in working out the most appropriate option for your co-operative, including:

  • Terms and definitions
  • Legal forms
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Ready to register your co-operative

Gives you information on how progress through the registration process itself, including:

  • A checklist of relevant information you will need before you register your co-operative
  • Details of how to register your co-operative
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After registration

Gives you some additional hints and tips for things you need to consider after registering your co-operative. 

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Advice and support

The advice and support available from The Hive to help you with setting up your co-operative, including:

One-to-one advice 

Peer mentoring 

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Checklist download

Download one of the following so you can keep track of your progress:

Updated: 26/03/2019