Community shares advice now available through The Hive co-op support programme
Groups looking to launch a community share offer can receive dedicated free support as part of The Hive - a business support programme run by Co-operatives UK in partnership with the Co-operative Bank.
Existing and new co-ops can benefit from suppport from the CSU's licensed practitioners to help them launch their offer. This can involve expert advice on your business model, governance arrangements and community engagement ahead of writing your share offer document.
Equally, groups can use the support to ensure the share offer meets good practice by working with a licensed practitioner and go through the Community Shares Standard Mark review process.
Beyond this dedicated community shares support, groups can explore The Hive web portal to access guidance materials, videos, diagnostic tools, downloadable guides, factsheets, template documents and links. You can also sign-up for group advice, co-operative skills training sessions to help existing co-ops with governance and co-operative working, strategic planning, marketing, and sustainability, and also peer mentoring.
Apply for community shares support via The Hive here