A new co-working space for Grimsby has opened.
BaseCamp, the new-look E-Factor Business Hive headquarters was launched by Mayor of North East Lincolnshire, Cllr David Hasthorpe, after a major overhaul through the pandemic.
More than 50 people attended the ribbon-cutting launch day, taking in the transformation as the organisation evolves to match emerging working needs, as reported back in June.
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E-Factor managing director Mark Webb said: “Members already love coming into the Hive but we have really taken it up a gear. Think of the concierge of a top hotel – that is the wow experience we are aiming for. A lot of thought has gone into creating a space that has a modern industry look and feel, with warmth, comfort and great coffee, where people want to come and spend a couple of hours.”
Yellow and black block furniture has made way for a plush members’ lounge creation, with Business Hive manager Jo Taylor working with Richard Ellis, director of Wilton Cobley to create the BaseCamp look.
Other local businesses have also contributed, with LCS providing the technology for plug-and-go conferencing and wi-fi working across the building.
To brighten up the walls, local photographers Gary Davies and Dan Clarke have provided the Hive with iconic landmark images from the borough.
Desks can be rented for a day, week, month or year.
Natalie Cresswell, property and operations manager at E-Factor, said: “We are providing the opportunity for people to work in a social, yet professional, environment, without the large overheads. It can be your full-time space, or you can pop in for the odd day.
Members of the E-Factor team at the official opening of BaseCamp at Business Hive.
(Image: Gary Davies Photography)
“The attraction is it is good-value, flexible space with the added bonus of bookable meeting rooms, high-speed connectivity, a staffed reception and the latest in office technology. This modern and aspirational workspace plugs the gap between office and home working.”
It comes as the organisation also launches the inaugural Great Big Small Awards across northern Lincolnshire.
Two celebration evenings featuring a dozen accolades will be held in Grimsby and Scunthorpe in October, showcasing the innovation, tenacity and determined growth of start-ups and SMEs.
Mr Webb said: “Our local business community is at the heart of our economy, employing thousands of people and spending money in our area.
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“More people should see what amazing entrepreneurs and small businesses we have right here and that is why I am proud to announce the Great Big Small Awards.”
The categories are aimed at sole traders and businesses with up to 25 employees that have been trading for over 12 months. Entries close on September 12.
Fortis Therapy and Training, a previous winner of the national Small Awards, is the main sponsor. Alexis Powell-Howard, managing director, who celebrated with Mr Webb at her successful 2019 bash, said: “We know, first-hand, the trials, tribulations and amazing successes that can come from taking the risk to ‘go it alone’. These awards recognise the hard work, determination and innovation that is needed to run a business.”
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