The HIVE is growing and is abuzz with a suite of new offices and new coworkers.
Hastings HIVE has just opened its second stage of six office suites ranging in size from four desks up to seven desks.
Already three of the offices have been snapped up by newcomer to Hawke’s Bay in DCA Architects, along with The Lean Hub, who have taken up their own space and the Hastings City Business Association who have relocated within the HIVE.
The area also has a new video conference suite, the first of two within the HIVE, using Logitech 4k Meetup conference equipment with camera/speaker, remote microphone and plug-and-play connectivity for all those Zoom meets.
Hastings HIVE managing director Rob Gill says he and wife Jenny are thrilled to finally open the latest stage which, in normal circumstances, they had hoped may have been a bit earlier, but COVID-19 lockdowns in March 2020 and 2021 delayed both customer uptake and, to a degree, construction.
However, Rob does see a silver lining .The HIVE is buzzing with over 20 small to medium sized businesses in residence, and there’s strong interest from businesses looking for greater flexibility with none of the usual tenancy commitments.
National firms such as engineering consultants BECA and construction firm Apollo Projects have set up at the HIVE alongside thriving local businesses such as new i-office customer The Lean Hub.
“Businesses like the flexible terms, as well as the ability to upscale to a larger office when they grow, or downsize if needed due to a change in circumstances. COVID has really highlighted the need for businesses to have greater control of their fixed costs and future cost commitments.
“We offer a shared working space that provides businesses with a corporate environment in quality offices, with generous meeting rooms, guest lobby, luxurious bathrooms and fast fibre connectivity, as well as a café area and free espresso coffee!”
As well as opening stage 2, Hastings HIVE has launched their premium i-desks in the shared co-working area featuring electrically operable worktops to sit or stand at.
Already four out of six premium i-desks have been snapped up and Rob says they are likely to add more as they are proving popular with the likes of new coworker William Horvath, of insurance brokering firm ICIB, enjoying this capability.
William told The Profit, “A coworking desk is a great place to start for us as we establish ourselves in Hawke’s Bay. We aim to grow our business with more people and the HIVE gives us the opportunity to manage this incrementally.