Hive supports over 35 local businesses

Bosses at Shropshire arts charity the Hive are pleased to announce that despite being a charitable arts organisation themselves, they still recognise the vital importance of supporting Shropshire's business sector wherever possible.

The youth arts charity which provides creative and cultural opportunities for young people and the wider community, ensures that local companies are utilised at every possible opportunity.

For example, coffee is provided by Shropshire Coffee and water comes from Shropshire Star Business Award winner, Natural Welsh Water who are based in Oswestry. Stationary is provided by West Mercia Supplies and the Hive's regular termly brochure is printed by Graphics and Print of Telford, with other printing carried out by Battlefield Printing Group; and mailout contractors NRG also of Battlefield carry out the delivery of promotional material.

The Hive utilises other local traders as diverse as MDCSN Ltd for ongoing IT Support - run by local Telford man Mark Darbyshire. Shropshire based Shinytekk have developed bespoke software including the new online booking facility for customers - and Hollis Office Supplies of Oswestry, maintain the organisation's photocopier.

These are just some of over 35 county businesses, which the Hive supports in terms of day-to-day supplies and services.

Habib Malik-Mansell from the Hive said "We may be a charity ourselves but it's still highly important that we boost the business of Shropshire companies where we can - in the current climate, there's never been a more relevant time to keep things local in every possible way!" He added "There are a wide varety of ways in which  businesses can get involved and embrace the Hive, to explore new ways of helping eachother. We are always open-minded to thinking outside the box in terms of partnerships with businesses - whether this be through sponsorship, in-kind support or other opportunities!"

Other businesses which the Hive is involved with include Eat-Up of Milk Street for external catering at specific events, Wace Morgan solicitors also of Belmont and A Walters electrical contractors.

People are encouraged to find out about the number of local businesses which the Hive utilises, by viewing the full list at http://www.hiveonline.org.uk/localbusiness/