I joined the Business Hive in June 2016. Starting my own business (effectively being self-employed) was really daunting for me, especially after 30+yrs of being employed, but it was really something that I wanted to do.
I initially met with Julie Sweeney and she then introduced me to Sam Burgess and the ladies in the Business Hive office. I had already attended a range of free (to me) courses on Social media, which not only served to reinforce what I knew, but also taught me a lot more too. There was no hard sell, but Sam highlighted the long list of benefits of being a member.
I have used the Business Hive hot desks throughout the year. I have made use of the photocopying and printing services (which are at really good prices), and attended the workshops and networking events.
But the biggest help to me has been Sam’s belief, encouragement and guidance when the times were tough and I started to lose belief in my dream. She took time to meet with me and coach me by challenging me to think of things that were once part of my dream, but I had lost sight of through the fear of failure.
It was my first anniversary in May and I am so pleased to say that business is looking up and I am filling my portfolio with organisations who want my services, including the Royal Air Force, the Institute of Customer Service and ICON Training. Thank you Sam; thank you Business Hive.