July saw the official opening ceremony for The Hive being held. The event was attended by around 100 business and community leaders, business representatives and local entrepreneurs. It was a proud moment for us as they witnessed MP for Weston-super-Mare John Penrose and some of The Hive’s first tenants cut a ribbon to formally opening our new building.
Welcoming guests, including the Chairman of North Somerset Council Councillor David Hitchens and the Mayor of Weston-super-Mare Councillor Ros Willis, North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA) Chairman Charles Walker said:
“What we have today, as a result of a great deal of hard work by all involved, is a superb environmentally-sustainable building which delivers first class workspace and on-site support to businesses, within the perfect location – the exciting Junction 21 Enterprise Area.
“It is a building in which the whole of North Somerset can take pride and we hope that the local business community will get involved with The Hive, its events, its tenants and its passionate support of up-and-coming new business enterprises.”
Angela Hicks, NSEA Chief Executive said:
“Now, when an individual in our community has an idea for a new business – a business that over time, if nurtured and grown, will contribute to the economy and perhaps create jobs – they can come here, to The Hive, not only for advice, but for everything that a small business needs in its crucial early months and years.
“As a small, local enterprise agency, we are very proud to have delivered this new business development centre to North Somerset, especially as all surplus funds made from The Hive will be reinvested into local enterprise development and business support.”
John Penrose MP said:
“Everyone who has tried to set up their own business will know just how difficult it can be in the early years. However the small businesses of today with the right encouragement and support are the big businesses of tomorrow and that’s why initiatives like The Hive are so crucial – not just to the people of North Somerset, but to the economy. We need young businesses to flourish – and The Hive provides the perfect conditions for those in North Somerset to do so.”
(l-r) Ian and Joyce Oliver (Joyce Oliver Wealth Management), Barry Canfield (Abersea Engineering), David Madsen (DMOptics), John Penrose MP, Angela Hicks (NSEA).
After the ribbon cutting visitors were invited to tour The Hive to see the facilities it has to offer. They also heard from local entrepreneur Rob Vivian of successful telecommunications business Pure Comms which has started and grown its business in North Somerset and special guest Mike Stevenson whose journey from rough sleeper to multi-award-winning entrepreneur has made him a passionate supporter of encouraging people to realise their potential and do things differently.
Mike Stevenson speaking to guests.