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Starting and expanding any kind of business can be a daunting task, but the Hub is here to support you and will try to respond to your application as quickly as possible.

On this page you can apply for free advice and training or to receive some free support from our buddy scheme. The advice and training programme is available to help new co-operatives to set up and to support existing co-operatives at critical points in their development. If you’re not yet certain that the co-operative model is for you, but are interested in exploring it further, our buddy scheme will match you with a co-operative in your area or sector, who will be able to tell you about everything that’s involved in becoming a co-operative and the better way we go about our business.

Advice & Training

Advice & Training

We work with experienced co-operative development advisers to bring you the very best free advice, training and consultancy on how to set up, run and grow a sustainable, co-operative business.

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Buddy Scheme

Buddy Scheme

The buddy scheme draws on the experience and expertise of existing Hub clients to offer peer support to these groups.

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Our buddy scheme
The process

The process

We will aim to process your application as quickly as we can, and you should be contacted by a Hub adviser within two weeks of submitting your application.

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