The Hive Ambassadors Network launched in 2012, uniting businesses, organisations and individuals across the area in a powerful network to help develop and promote Blackburn and Darwen, challenge perceptions and raise the profile of the area.
It mobilises organisations to be proactive advocates for the place, with the power to influence how it is marketed, how it is portrayed in the media and events and to get Blackburn and Darwen known and thought about by the people that matter.
Hive Ambassadors brings together the knowledge, networks, passion and determination of businesses, organisations and individuals as a powerful force, helping the place compete, attracting investment, business and visitors to create a more successful economy – and that’s something everyone can benefit from.
What one top tip would you give to a business owner embarking on a growth plan?
Seek advice as there is a wealth of knowledge out there for free to help your business thrive and grow. This ranges from new start support, funding advice, export support, R&D expertise and access to training to name a few.
Why is Lancashire a great place to grow a business?
Lancashire is one of the most innovative places in the country, with a huge hub for aerospace and advanced manufacturing which is globally recognised. The County has a fantastic work ethic and a reputation for getting things done. It connects easily to the rest of the country being centrally located in the mainland UK with access to major international air and sea ports. The county also provides some of the best value commercial property in the country and is home to two world renowned Universities. All this against the backdrop of some of the most stunning countryside in the UK.
Why are you backing Boost?
Boost is a convenient single point of contact for businesses of all sizes, designed specifically to target the areas where businesses can grow. This includes business mentoring, advice on accessing funding, trading internationally or accessing academic support for new product development – all fully funded.