Start a co-op is a business support programme for people wanting to launch their own co-op.
Before you start your application, we recommend you read this application guidance carefully. It includes information about:
We advise you to prepare as much as possible in advance. You can download a copy of this guidance as a PDF file by clicking on the 'download PDF' button on the side menu.
If you are awarded the support package, you will be asked to contribute a £100 commitment fee (inclusive of VAT) or £75 for Co-operatives UK members. The fee has proven to be the best approach to ensure the support is allocated to teams that are truly committed to participating in the programme. Co-operatives UK reinvests the funds into future support provision. If the fee is a barrier to your participation in the programme, please let us know in your application and we will consider waiving the fee.
To be eligible for this programme, you must fall into one of the following categories:
If you have started trading or have been incorporated for more than 18 months, this programme is not for you. Instead, you can contact Co-operatives UK’s Advice Team for support or apply for the following programmes:
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