Peter O’Leary is a passionate marketer, data specialist and businessman who puts business growth, new opportunities and honest relationships at the top of the list. Peter joined the Business Hive back when he was still managing director at Laser Red, award-winning digital marketing agency. When he handed over the reins of Laser Red to his son Liam and started his next venture InfoLore, he was already aware of the benefits that membership could bring to his business so decided to sign up immediately. Peter believes that the Hive is the place where any entrepreneur or business owner can go to meet a group of good people, benefit from outstanding support and enjoy their excellent facilities. He’s pleased to say that one of the key benefits has been his ability to spread the word about GDPR to those who need it most and to ensure that local businesses are fully aware of their responsibilities when it comes to handling data with respect. Peter is a big fan of the networking events that the Hive offers to its members as he has seen how helpful it can be for his business, especially when it comes to finding new markets and new potential clients. It’s through these networking meetings that he’s forged some excellent relationships with strategic partners in the finance and IT industries. Peter said: “The low monthly cost is more than worth it, considering what you get for your money. I’d highly advise anyone who’s serious about fulfilling the full potential of their business to join up!”
PETER O'LEARY - INFOLORE
According to Garry, joining was an obvious decision to make as the Hive is one of the biggest business networks in Lincolnshire and it seemed to offer exactly what his business was looking for. As an experienced professional yachtsman, Garry saw first-hand what damage plastic pollution is doing to the oceans. This is what drove him to seek out more sustainable, ocean-friendly packaging for his business- packaging that could be reused, recycled or repurposed. Garry turned to the Business Hive for help and was soon able to find the perfect company to provide the eco-friendly packaging he was looking for, and also a delivery company who could deliver the fish to their high standards. The Hive were also able to put Garry and his business partner Joel in touch with contacts who could help them source the right funding for their business and help IshFish to get their offices at the Enterprise Village in Grimsby. Thanks to the networking opportunities that the Hive offers, Garry has been able to speak at various networking events and share the story of his sailing adventures, the importance of sustainability and eco-friendly practices and explain why he set up IshFish. Commenting on his experience of the Hive, Garry said: “Everyone at the Hive has been so friendly and supportive. We are on a mission to disrupt the fish delivery market in the UK and the Hive are right behind us. We look forward to continuing our work with the Hive to spread the word and showcase Grimsby has a world-beating location for high quality fish and eco-friendly practises.”
GARRY BAINBRIDGE - ISHFISH
Back in 2018, Matthew McSharry decided to make his life-long dream of running his own business become a reality. He knew that by combining his 20+ years of experience and skills in strategic management, global procurement in supply chain, change management, and corporate finance, he could make a difference to businesses large and small by showing them how to become more streamlined and efficient. He first heard about the Business Hive when he was discussing ideas with a contact of his. As this person shared more details about their positive experiences as a Business Hive member, he began to realise that this might well be the solution that he was looking for. Matthew reached out to the Hive and became a member in January 2019. Shortly after he joined, the Hive organised a meeting with a business advisor who walked him through the ins and outs of starting a business. The Hive are keen to introduce fellow members who could become good strategic partners or potential clients which, according to Matthew, has made it much easier for him to make important connections and get off on the right foot. He’s also a big advocate of the regular networking events that the Hive organise. He attends as many of these as possible as he knows how valuable they can be. He said: “The Hive offers invaluable advice and support for anyone who wants to start a new business in the North Lincolnshire area. They’ve given me the confidence to pursue my dreams.”
MATTHEW MCSHARRY - INSIGHT4BUSINESS
"I set up as a freelance copywriter in 2013, my first time being self-employed, and the Business Hive has always been a big help. The team are very supportive, giving advice on different areas of my business such as deciding rates and the direction of my services, and will happily recommend the services of other businesses to me. They are very generous when passing my name and services on to other businesses too. Following connections through the Hive, I have been working with a leading, award-winning local business on an on-going monthly project which I thoroughly enjoy. I think the events, particularly the workshops and Inspiring Women networking events, are fantastic, and the Hot Desking and Meeting Lounge areas are extremely handy for people like me who work from home but occasionally need space to meet people and work in a different environment."
LINDSAY COWIE - PURPLE SWIRL (FREELANCE COPYWRITER & BLOGGER)
I like the concept of the Business Hive Club - a 'not-for-profit' organisation that helps local businesses make a profit. It just floats my boat and deserves to succeed. So when I was looking for a way to 'put something back', I suggested the idea of running some business seminars (called iCan) at your premises where the entry fee would be cans of food that would be given to a local charity. You guys were really helpful and did everything you could to market the seminars to their members and the local business community. The seminars created a win-win-win: A way for local businesses to give something really meaningful to those in most need in their community, Over 2,000 cans of food for hungry, homeless people and To be honest, and (I'm sorry of it sounds corny) a feel good factor for me by doing something good. I've met some really nice people through the Business Hive, given referrals to some, introduced good business contacts to others and because what goes around comes around, enjoyed receiving referrals and doing business with at least 4 companies I can think of who are members.
AUSTEN HEMPSTEAD - MYSTERY BREAKER