Have you got a co-operative business idea? You can test your idea with group advice delivered by us, via The Hive (register before the 8th of May www.thehive.coop)
The GCDA has successfully tendered to be a consultancy provider C0-operative development support.
In 2015, the Bank committed £1m towards co-operative development, in a deal that would see Co-operatives UK delivering a range of programmes.
The Hive, which launches today (29 February), is aimed at people wanting to set up co-operative or community enterprises, and will also support the development of the existing 7,000 independent UK co-op businesses. Using a mix of online resources, training, advice and peer mentoring, the programme will cover key issues such as registration, membership development and co-operative finance.
The website, www.thehive.coop, includes sections where people and communities at different stages of setting up or developing their co-operative or social business can apply for advice and support. There are also tools, templates and checklists for organisations to work through, from Business Planning to Buyouts and Conversions, and a list of preferred providers who offer one-to-one and group advice for the Hive programme.
GCDA supports local groups and co-operatives that need advice and support. If you are interested in obtaining support through GCDA or other Co-operative Development Bodies please read and register your interests through the national website www.thehive.coop and email firstname.lastname@example.org.