The Hive – Support Programme for Co-operative Businesses

The Hive is a new business support programme from Co-operatives UK and The Co-operative Bank, for people wanting to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises.

The initiative will help people who intend to start or grow co-operative or community enterprises, using various online resources, training and advice.

Between 2016 and 2019 the Hive, the first co-operative development programme of its kind in the UK, aims to support the development of the existing 7,000 independent co-operative businesses across the UK as well as help new co-operatives starting up.

The Hive acts as a cross-sectoral programme of support. Regardless of sector, the Hive is able to support organisations with:

  • Online advice to guide them through starting up, growth and conversions and
  • Direct support, via one-to-one advice, group advice, peer mentoring and skills training

The initiative’s online co-operative community is expected to unite member-owned businesses across the country, creating networking and business development opportunities.

The programme operates a on a rolling basis with no set deadlines for applications.

For more information E-mail: or go to the Hive website

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