A number of small business owners joined the team from The Hive, on Thursday November 21st , for a preview event to find out what The Hive will bring to the business community when it opens its doors in Spring 2014.
The packed event, which took place at Weston-super-Mare Helicopter Museum, gave local businesses a first glimpse into what will be on offer at what is set to be an iconic building in the landscape of North Somerset business. The modern and extensively equipped workspace, is currently being built on part of the old Weston airfield which is within the Junction 21 Enterprise Area.
The Hive is set to provide everything that North Somerset’s start-up, small and growing businesses need, all under one roof. The Hive will deliver a wide range of services and facilities including on-site business support from North Somerset Enterprise Agency’s team, office space, meeting rooms and conference/seminar facilities all equipped with the latest in technology for high speed communications, a managed reception to meet and greet clients plus there will be events, networking and training regularly taking place on-site.
For those businesses not yet ready for workspace, The Hive will offer three virtual office packages and hot desk facilities will be also be available.
Office space is available from 14 m2 (ideal for one to two people) up to 43 m2 with easy-in and easy-out terms, and the option to move in within 24 hours if needed The Hive is set to bring a unique package to North Somerset.
Office space, which is let unfurnished, will include all utility bills, fast dedicated broadband. a telephone handset, access to kitchen facilities and showers on each floor all with 24/7 secure access and more within the monthly fee. Tenants will also benefit from regular free advice sessions from NSEA’s business advisors and reduced fees to hire the meeting and conference rooms.
Rob Hicks – in charge of business development for The Hive says,
Workspace, business advice, growth; the three things that The Hive is all about. Workspace; providing first class workspace for start up and growing businesses. Business advice; having trusted, impartial business advice on-site from NSEA and its partners and growth; a prime location within the J21EA, mixed with the first two elements to achieve growth. I believe The Hive has the right combination of ingredients to create something special for the future of small and medium sized businesses in North Somerset.”
During the evening of presentations which included a video on The Hive which paid homage to the old airfield’s history of innovation, Karuna Tharmananthar, Deputy Director of Development and Environment at North Somerset Council, congratulated North Somerset Enterprise Agency’s team and board on their tenacity in bringing the concept of The Hive to the local environment.
North Somerset is a place of opportunity and great diversity, with 8,000 businesses large and small and a three year business survival rate above the national average. We welcome the creation of this amazing business environment which will be there to serve and support local businesses in their start-up and growth.” he said.
Angela Hicks, Chief Executive of North Somerset Enterprise Agency, which will own, manage and be based at The Hive, says she is thrilled by the reception for The Hive from those who attended the preview event.
North Somerset Enterprise Agency is committed to local economic development and since we began in 1987 our focus has been small businesses, who are the engine of innovation, the biggest creator of new jobs, and traditionally employers of people with more diverse needs. This is why providing a business support mechanism like The Hive is so important to us. As a social enterprise we will also re-invest any surplus funds we make from operating The Hive back into enterprise development and business support.
“There is no other business centre in the region quite like The Hive and we have been delighted with the interest and enthusiasm our guests this evening have had for our new centre. We will certainly look to add more events like this to our calendar before The Hive officially begins operating from May 2014.”