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. It offers a mix of online resources, opportunities for advice and training to help build better 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. It offers a mix of online resources, opportunities for advice and training to help build better co-operative businesses.

There is financial support available for the Standard Mark assessment cost from The Hive as groups looking to launch a community share offer can receive dedicated free support.

Groups can benefit from support 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. You can read more information about the 1-2-1 support here.