Governance advice and support

Good governance is key to the co-operative business model and fundamental to the success of any co-operative. We provide advice on all aspects of governance, so you can be sure that the processes and policies around it are fit for purpose, that your board is effective and that you’re making decisions in ways that can help your organisation excel.



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Support Packages

  • Access the best expert advice through our Contact package, which means you can get help with queries about governance, finance, HR or membership up to 10 times in a year for £200 – the best value support package your co-op could sign-up for.
  • For larger co‑ops, our Partner package might be more appropriate – contact us to discuss.


Governance healthchecks

  • Our governance healthchecks will give you snapshot of the health  of your co‑op's governance – we look at specific practices or provide a complete review of your governance arrangements against best co‑operative governance practice.
  • We also provide governing document and policy reviews, whether you need a minor update or a complete review we can advise you on best governance practice.


Tailored governance advice

  • We undertake Board and Director evaluations, and skills audits to provide you with a map of strengths and areas for development and a plan for developing or acquiring the skills required.
  • We also offer a range of other tailored governance advice, such as business strategy reviews, assessing governance code compliance, mediation and training.



  • We have a series of ready-made training courses designed specifically for co‑operatives, which we can deliver as open one-day sessions, or in-house at your co‑operative.
  • We can also develop more bespoke training, depending on your needs.


Unsure? Get in touch to discuss your needs and we can advise you of the best options for your co‑op

Why use Co‑operatives UK's advice services?

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