The Business Hive
The Business Hive, in Kyogle’s main street, is a place where business owners and creative entrepreneurs can cowork, create and connect.
The way we work is changing. Remote work and self-employment mean more flexibility for many and bring the opportunity to work in different spaces, and in different ways. Coworking is a global trend that offers a community of like-minded people to motivate and encourage each other, reducing the loneliness that working from home can cause. Working in this way also gives people a dedicated, focused place to create that is far more cost-effective than having individual small office spaces.
The Business Hive opened in August 2020 and offers shared office space for remote workers, entrepreneurs, and creative professionals on a casual, full-time and part-time basis.
Owner Jasmine Phillips — who also runs design studio Wild Honey Creative located within the Hive — says the idea came out of her own desire to connect with others. “One of the trickiest things about running your own business is that we often do it in isolation,” Jasmine described. “Here, people can connect, inspire and motivate each other. Support has never been more important and you can find that here.”
“The Business Hive is a melting pot of passions; Entrepreneurship, creativity, community and well-being”, Jasmine explained. “We can work productively in an inspiring space, we can collaborate, watch great ideas collide, learn and share new skills, get creative and also look after our health and well-being,” she said. “It might seem like a strange concept to some, but looking after ourselves, and our community is crucial to having both a sustainable business and a life you love. We spend so much of our lives working, why not do it in a way that lights us up.”
After regular hours (and on weekends) the beautiful, art-deco building (which used to be one of Kyogle’s original old banks) also doubles as a hive of activity for wellbeing and movement classes, workshops, and networking events. There is yoga on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday evenings, regular networking events, and creative workshops on the weekends. The work desks roll away to make space for movers and shakers, then it's back to ‘business as usual’ in the morning when members file in. Kyogle Culture Magazine is also made here; among many other creative offerings.
“We love hosting creative and art workshops from the region's best makers and creators. We have had paper making and stained glass, and have ceramics, journaling, collage and watercolour workshops planned for the year ahead.”
For more information on coworking and events, or to enquire about hiring the space for your workshop, check out www.thebusinesshive.co