Events Archive

Insider’s Manufacturing Champions Breakfast 2015

When – 19th June 2015
Where – Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park
Insider’s Manufacturing Champions’ Breakfast brought together some of the winners and shortlisted companies from Insider’s Made in the North West Awards, which celebrates the cream of the region’s manufacturing sector. This was also an opportunity to hear from the North West’s top companies in the manufacturing sector about their growth plans and challenges as they look to the future.

Hive Awards 2015

When – 30th April 2015
Where – Blackburn Cathedral
The borough’s best businesses were given special recognition at the first ever Hive Blackburn and Darwen Business Awards. To take home a trophy, organisations and individuals first had to undergo a rigorous judging process which sorted the good from the great.  Awards were presented across a range of categories, including titles for those that showed the most creativity, manufacturing excellence, high growth and international achievement, as well as young entrepreneur and bright spark awards for individuals.

Jobs Fair for 16-24 Year Olds

When – 5th March 2015
Where – Blackburn Leisure Centre
This event was an opportunity for local businesses to promote their ‘live’ and upcoming job vacancies, apprenticeships and work experience placements to young people.

Careers Event for Year 10 Students

When – 2nd March 2015
Where – King Georges Hall, Blackburn
This event highlighted the local opportunities available to young people and provide a valued insight into their careers of preference so that they can make informed decisions regarding their on-going education and future careers.

Plan for Prosperity’ Launch Event

When – 18th November 2014
Where – Accrol Papers
Businesses came together with the Councul and partners to sign up to the Plan for Prosperity and set the priorities for the borough for (2014-2020). These include creating 2,700 new jobs, getting more residents in work, bringing new investment and improving the infrastructure and housing of the borough.

Blackburn Rovers / ‘Arte et Labore’

When – 1st October 2014
Where – Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park
Following a busy summer period, the Hive business leaders network met at Ewood Park for a session with  the borough’s biggest brand – Blackburn Rovers Football Club. Under the theme ‘arte et labore’ (by skill and hard work – the motto of the town sits proudly above the town hall and features on the Rovers logo) attendees heard from the Club’s management team on their ambitions for B.R.F.C, the town and engagement with the local community.

Creative Hive: Understanding Digital Marketing

When – 1st May 2014
Where – Blakeys Café Bar, Blackburn
The seond Creative Hive event tackled the subject of Digital Marketing with Tom Stables from 3ManFactory and Alastair Clark of Tick the Publicity Box.

Grow your Business in Southern Asia

When – 10th April 2014
Where – Graham and Brown, Blackburn
UK Trade and Investment came to town in April as part of export week. Working with Hive and other local partners, arrangements are underway for a special regional event here in the borough aimed at getting more businesses exporting and to different markets.

This session focused on the high growth markets of Southern Asia, including exporting to India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. This was an opportunity to hear from experienced exporters and people who can help your business grow, as well as understanding the essentials about doing business in South Asia and learning about what UKTI and Export Week can do for your business.

A Plan for Prosperity

Where – Blackburn Youth Zone
Earlier this year, the Borough’s Local Strategic Partnership (which brings together leading figures from the private, public and third sectors) held a summit at Blackburn Youth Zone on the area’s emerging ‘Plan for Prosperity’. The session was used to explore three main issues:

Creative Hive Launch

When – 6th March 2014
Launched on the 6th March 2014 by Andrew Graham, CEO of wallpaper design and manufacturing firm Graham and Brown, along with Wayne Hemingway MBE, Creative Director for Blackburn is Open, Creative Hive is the borough’s newest network, and forms an important part of the wider network of Hive’s business leaders.


When – 28th January 2014
Where – Blackburn Rovers, Ewood Park
Hive’s latest event saw the network’s business leaders meet at Blackburn Rovers Football Club for a connectivity inspired event. Along with an insight into how Blackburn College is working with young people to test new technologies through the international GirlGeeks project, and a LinkedIn masterclass with trainer Mark Williams of ETN LinkedIn, the Hive heard from 6G internet on the business benefits of superfast broadband.

Hive’s Finance Workshop

When – 5th December 2013
Where – Accrol Papers
Manufacturing giant Accrol Papers provided the perfect setting for Hive’s inaugural ‘Finance for Business’ workshop organised by the network’s finance group comprising David Sharpe of Pierce Chartered Accountants, Jamie Allison of Napthens Solicitors and Mark Gardiner of RBS.

Wayne Hemingway at Crown Paints Learning Academy

When – 25th September 2013
Where – Crown Paints
Hive business leaders network hosted inspirational designer Wayne Hemingway MBE at Crown Paints – another of the network’s impressive founder members. Wayne spoke passionately and unscripted about his upbringing in the town, his work on helping to create a new radical strategy for Blackburn town centre and set Hive’s members an important question: what does Blackburn stand for, and what sets us apart from the rest?

Hive Helps Borough’s Young People Into Work

When – 18th July 2013
Where – King Georges Hall
Around 30 employers from the Hive Network showed their support for the next generation at a joint event as part of the Council’s ‘Your Call’ initiative. More than 100 unemployed 16-24 year olds wanted to speak to employers to find out what is expected of them, what local firms are looking for and what they can offer as well. Key employers from the local area attended the event at King George’s Hall Blackburn with many offering several work experience placements, or discussing live vacancies.

Hive Hosts Government Minister for Trade and Investment

When – 5th February 2013
Where – Graham and Brown
Hive welcomed Lord Green, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, to Blackburn with Darwen earlier this year.
Addressing the network’s new and existing members at wallpaper giant Graham and Brown, the export Minister hailed Hive as the ‘best Network in Britain’ and ‘an outstanding example’ of companies working together which the Government wanted to replicate elsewhere.

Hive Launch Event

When – 25th September 2012
Where – Blackburn Youth Zone
The Hive Network was officially launched in September 2012 at an inspirational event at Blackburn Youth Zone.

Described by the Lancashire Telegraph as the launch of a ‘bold new initiative’ to turn Blackburn and Darwen into a world class business area, the event featured key addresses from the network’s Chairman Khalid Saifullah of Star Tissue UK, Andrew Graham CEO of Graham & Brown/Chairman of Blackburn Youth Zone and Brian Davidson, Chairman of Crown Paints.










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