Help to start a co‑op

If you're looking to start a co‑op, or ready to register, we have a range of support available for you. Below gives an overview of the advice and support available from Co‑operatives UK.

Register a co‑op

We offer a comprehensive registration service for new co‑operatives, including advice on adopting the right legal form, the provision of model and bespoke governing documents and a complete registration service.

We also advise on charity registrations, ensuring the correct governance arrangements are in place and completing applications on the organisation's behalf.

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


Co‑operatives UK, alongside our partner providers, offer expert advice on whether converting to a co-operative is the right option. If converting will benefit your business, we will guide you through all the processes to make your co‑operative a reality. Price on application. Contact us.

You can also read some information about conversions, and watch a short video, via The Hive website.

The Hive is our business support programme for co-ops in partnership with The Co‑operative Bank.

As well as free online resources, The Hive offers up to 12 days direct business support, mentoring and training to groups setting-up a co‑op or existing co‑ops with ambitions to grow.

Visit the hive