Firstly,  I’m really proud of the fact that my membership number for the Business Hive is 001 – I had secretly hoped for 007 but that was perhaps too much to ask!  I worked closely with the E-Factor team at the time when the Business Hive was just an idea so to be the first member was, and remains, a real privilege.  My membership offers a number of things which are really important to me:-

I spend a lot of time out of my office and often have gaps between site visits. The Hive offers really useful “touch down” space where I can catch up on some emails and phone calls in a productive environment.

The meeting facilities are excellent.  The Hive allows me to have meetings with Grimsby based clients without the need for them to come to my office in Hessle.  They always give really positive feedback on the location and quality of facilities.

The Hive can also be a hideaway.  Sometimes it’s necessary to detach myself from my own office to concentrate on a particular project rather than be interrupted by colleagues who just want a couple of minutes of my time!

And finally, for those of us old enough to remember Cheers – a place where everybody knows your name – The Hive always has a friendly face and a feel good environment.  There are a huge variety of people working there from a wide spectrum of businesses yet there is the common aim that everyone wants to be successful which can be a real lift on the days when the To Do list is perhaps longer that I would like it to be!

Carl Bradley – Clark Weightmen