Business Hive to create a buzz along the A180 as it launches in Scunthorpe

By Scunthorpe Telegraph | Posted: 23 Jan 2019

A hive of opportunity is promised for the northern Lincolnshire business community as a thriving business club prepares to officially launch in Scunthorpe.

The Business Hive, E-Factor’s dedicated not-for-profit support club for entrepreneurs and enterprises of all sizes, has built up a membership of more than 300 businesses since opening its doors in Grimsby in 2014, offering networking, masterclasses, office space, hot-desking, meeting facilities, expos and events, and a wealth of business support.

E-Factor has more than a decade's service to North East Lincolnshire under its belt, having launched after the area pulled in £18.7-million to boost local enterprise, jobs and prosperity in some of the most deprived neighbourhoods back in 2007.

Now the spin-off membership organisation is expanding into Scunthorpe with the core aim of providing meaningful business support to businesses and enabling members to network and collaborate, encouraging development and growth to benefit the local economy.

Flashback to E-Factor's launch. Ricky Tomlinson and Hull's Apprentice winner Michelle Dewberry face the media.

Jo Taylor, deputy manager of the Business Hive, said: “We are proud to have such a diverse mix of businesses as members of the Business Hive, from sole traders through to small businesses, growing to medium-sized companies and large, international organisations – and from all sectors, too. There is such a vibrant business community in North Lincolnshire. We understand that as the backbone of the economy their ambition and determination to grasp new opportunities and overcome the many challenges a local business faces everyday deserves real recognition, and all the support we can provide. Our research overwhelmingly indicates that now is the right time to officially launch in Scunthorpe and we’re really looking forward to being part of that business community.

“The Business Hive is more than a networking group. The team works hard to provide unrivalled, meaningful business support, helping to make real connections that turn into real success stories.”

Read more: Making a splash: Business Hive Live was the biggest yet!

Business Hive member Alexis Powell-Howard, managing director of Fortis Therapy and Training Ltd, has dedicated premises for therapeutic and counselling services in Grimsby and Scunthorpe. She said: “Fortis and I have benefitted hugely from accessing all the Business Hive have to offer. 20 months ago, with support from the Hive, we expanded the business and moved in to our own premises. The Hive having a base in Scunthorpe is an amazing opportunity for Northern Lincolnshire business and as we have an office there too, we will be actively taking part in all that the Hive offers and with their help, taking the opportunity to build further on our relationships within the Northern Lincolnshire business community.”

E-Factor managing director Mark Webb at the launch back in 2007.

The Business Hive Scunthorpe launch takes place on Tuesday, January 29 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at Scunthorpe United’s Glanford Park.

Businesses who are passionate about building relationships, expanding networks, meeting new customers, getting access to business experts and cutting-edge resources and seeking objective, professional business support, are welcome to attend. To book, email or visit

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