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If you're a new or existing co-operative, the Hub can provide you with up to four days' free support, depending on your needs. Expert advice and training is delivered by co-operative development advisers and is available to you at any stage of your co-operative's journey – if you're starting out, wanting to expand or wanting to change your management structure, the Hub is here to help.

During your advice and training, advisers can also work with you to put together a finance package.

The Co-operative Enterprise Hub also offers specialist packages of support for renewable energy co-operatives and groups involved in employee buyouts.

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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Expert support for renewable energy co-operatives

We will give your co-operative access to our ‘pool’ of renewable energy specialists and, depending on how much support you require, we will meet up to 100% of the cost

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Financial Services

Most co-operative enterprises need access to finance to help them start up and grow. We can help you identify and apply for the finance package that is right for your co-operative.

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The Co-operative Loan Fund

The Co-operative Loan Fund

The Co-operative Loan Fund aims to strengthen the size and scope of the co-operative sector in the UK through the provision of ethical, accessible loan finance. It exclusively lends to co-ops, and is funded and run by co-ops.

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The Co-operative Community Shares Fund

The Co-operative Community Shares Fund

This dedicated fund has been set up to support communities wanting to raise investment by a community share issue. We welcome applications from all kinds of community-owned ventures.

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Purchasing

Purchasing

The Hub has teamed up with The Co-operative's Energy Services team to offer co-operatives the opportunity to purchase green electricity at market-leading low prices.

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PR

PR

The Hub draws upon the expertise and contacts of a dedicated Co-operative Press Officer to ensure that the media opportunities available to Hub clients are fully explored.

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Employee Buyouts & Succession

We have developed a bespoke package of specialist advice and training to support you to develop a workers’ co-operative if you and your colleagues find yourselves in an employee buyout or succession situation.

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CPD for Advisers

We have developed and are delivering a national training programme for standards and professional development for co-operative development advisers in the UK.

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