Students make a beeline for The Hive

Students from Bath Business School made a beeline for The Hive in Weston-super-Mare as part of an entrepreneurial exchange initiative.

The group of 26 final year Business and Management students had the opportunity to exchange business ideas with real entrepreneurs in an exciting business environment specifically designed to support start-up businesses.

The trip included a tour of The Hive based at the Junction 21 Enterprise Area, motivational talks from a range of entrepreneurs and a visit to Thatchers Cider in Sandford to see the facility in operation and learn about graduate opportunities.

The day was hosted by North Somerset Council’s economic development service.

Paul Lucock, Principal Economic Development Officer (Skills), said: “We are proud of the diverse sector base in North Somerset. The day enabled the students to network with various local companies, whilst allowing the university to demonstrate the calibre of business talent being developed as part of their business and enterprise degree.

“The students enjoyed hearing from various companies based at The Hive, before finishing the day with a tour and discussion around the forthcoming career opportunities linked to business growth at Thatchers.”

The Hive is owned and operated by not-for-profit organisation North Somerset Enterprise Agency (NSEA), which is based on site and provides free and low cost support and training.

NSEA’s Chief Executive Angela Hicks said: “We were delighted to showcase The Hive and the wider work of the enterprise agency and to hear from the students about their own aspirations for developing future businesses.”

Student ambassador Emily Butler said: “The Hive entrepreneurs gave us great advice that we can apply to our own ideas. It provided a real insight into what can make a business successful.”