The Hive is a new group of business leaders working together to inspire prosperity across Blackburn and Darwen.



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Lancaster University, Business Support Update

Click here for a round-up of news and events from the Lancaster University Management School.

New business helpline launched – 02/04/14

A new dedicated number for business enquiries at Blackburn with Darwen Council has been set up. The helpline is aimed at making it easier for businesses to get information and help when they need it. It is available for existing businesses, new start-ups and any firms looking to relocate to the area. Whether it is […]

Town Centre Movement Strategy

We want your views on the town centre   Blackburn with Darwen Council is reviewing its town centre movement strategy and wants to hear your views. It has a “blank sheet” on what changes need to be made for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists. The Council wants to hear people’s views on what they like, dislike […]


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Hive News

Welcome to the Hive news section – check here for all the latest updates about Hive and our events.

The Hive Network was officially launched at Blackburn Youth Zone in 2012 with an aim to turn Blackburn and Darwen into a ‘world class’ business area.

Established by some of the Borough’s most influential people and companies, more than 180 business leaders have already signed-up to the Network.

We encourage you to join and help us.

Spanning all sectors and open to any local firm, large or small, Hive has made a commitment to raising the prosperity of the towns. In year one our priorities included working together to:

  • tackle unemployment and promote apprenticeships
  • unpick public sector procurement and increase local inter-trading
  • raise the profile and prospects of businesses within the Borough

In year 2, we have re-convened the Network for a session on business connectivity, launched a local procurement portal, created a forum of local finance providers, built on our key strengths including manufacturing excellence and have continued to promote the area as a great place to do business.



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