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Why The Hive is buzzing

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Written by: Admin | Posted 30 May 2017 11:44

Why The Hive is buzzing

A FLURRY of new tenants and expansion of resident businesses has resulted in 87 per cent of rentable managed office space at The Hive, North Somerset’s business development centre, being let, less than three years after opening.

Officially opened in July 2014 by North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA), a not-for-profit organisation with social objectives, to support the launch, development and success of start-up and growing local businesses, the Weston-super-Mare complex offers 23,000sq ft of rentable, managed workspace in an energy-efficient and sustainable three-storey building.

To make having an office flexible and uncomplicated, it offers easy-in and easy-out terms, dedicated and secure broadband, a friendly well-managed business reception and a host of additional services for its tenants.

Non-tenants can also use the centre for virtual offices, hot desks and meeting rooms, with an express business lounge rentable by the day or hour.

A diverse range of businesses including innovative mobile-focused digital agency Authentic Digital, structural and civil engineering practice DHD Structures, website design and e-commerce specialist Iconography and 1K1, a one-stop shop for electrical installations, fire safety and security solutions, have all moved into The Hive, located in the Junction 21 Enterprise Area close to Weston-super-Mare, in recent months. An office share scheme launched last year to enable smaller firms to “co-habit” and enjoy lower rental costs has also proved successful, with several firms having progressed into their own office space.

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Meanwhile growing tenant businesses including QED Advanced Systems, whose Resource Xpress ‘Room and Resource’ booking application is used by some of the world’s largest and most prestigious organisations and Green Frog Connect, which designs and builds high-voltage connections to the national electricity grid and which has recently been lauded as Britain’s eighteenth fastest growing firm in the Sunday Times Virgin Fast Track 100 league table, have both taken extra office space within The Hive.
Thirty-two tenants are now physically based in the building, with a further 27 companies using the centre as a virtual office.
The centre is also regularly employed by a wide range of external businesses and organisations for its meeting space and conference facilities and by new and smaller enterprises for the on-site business advice available from NSEA.

Rob Hicks from the business development team at The Hive said: “We are thrilled that less than three years on from being a new build business centre, we are now an exciting, dynamic and close-knit business community.

“We have an amazing array of businesses here from new start-ups to fast growing enterprises.”

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