The Hive


Co-operative Alternatives is the exclusive provider of The HIVE programme in Northern Ireland.

What is The Hive?

The Hive is a UK-wide cross-sectoral programme of support for co-ops and community businesses. From renewables to retail, sports to social care, The Hive can support your organisation with:

  • Online advice to guide you through starting up, growth and conversions
  • Direct support, via one-to-one advice, group advice, peer mentoring and skills training

The Hive is a result of a Partnership between Co-operatives UK and the Co-operative Bank.


The Hive is available to:

  • Start‑up co-op businesses.
  • Existing co‑ops.
  • Existing businesses looking to convert to worker or community ownership.

The Hive welcome strong applications from all sectors and from all regions of the UK including Northern Ireland. If you need any help to apply to The Hive or for further information, contact us in Co-operative Alternatives  at