The Pantiles set to become a Hive of co-working activity

The Pantiles set to become a Hive of co-working activity

The Hive, which already has successful commercial sites in Cranbrook and Flimwell, has to open a new site offering flexible working solutions at 12-16 The Pantiles – the former home of clothing retailer Jack Wills.

Owned and managed by Cranbrook-based co-founders, Emma and Stuart Smith, the Greek-themed business centre, complete with a taverna dining experience, Kypseli, which will be open to the public as well as be available for Hive users.

The business centre is located on the first and second floors of the new Pantiles location and features desk space, meeting rooms, Zoom booths, and secure 1GB super-fast internet access, as well as boutique office suites for one, two, three and four people.

Rooms can be coupled to create suites for larger numbers.

This co-working space will also be fully furnished with height adjustable desks, integrated charging points and mobile monitors for streaming.

Co-founder and Managing Director of The Hive, Emma Smith, said: “It’s clear that remote and hybrid working is here to stay.

“The UK has experienced the largest start-up boom of the decade, leading to an increasing number of people looking to supplement homeworking with co-working.

“And this is where we come in. Co-working offers a flexible way to separate home and work life, interact with others to generate leads, team up with colleagues, and share knowledge and skills – all in an uplifting and energised environment.

“The Hive will have an amazing, positive vibe and will be a great place to visit – whether it’s friends and family getting together for fabulous food, or businesspeople looking for a whole new work-life experience.”

She added that ‘the heart of the Hive’s ethos’ was sustainability and ‘eco-localism’, where the business community draws upon local knowledge, skills and resources, to encourage both local community and the environment to flourish.

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