The GCDA has successfully tendered to be a consultancy provider for ‘The Hive’.
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.