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If you are looking to set-up a co‑operative, or you're from an existing co‑operative with ambitions to grow, you could benefit from up to 12 days bespoke support, training and mentoring.

The Hive (by Co-operatives UK) offers expert one-to-one and peer-to-peer business support, skills training as well as online resources.

There are three pathways of support:

  • Pathway 1: Start‑up groups and recently incorporated co-ops
  • Pathway 2: Existing co‑ops looking to grow and develop.
  • Pathway 3: Businesses looking to convert to co‑operative or community ownership.

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.

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