Hive utilises over 35 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, ensures that local companies are utilised at every opportunity.

For example, coffee is provided by Shropshire Coffee and water comes from previous Shropshire 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 mailout contractors NRG of Battlefield carrying out its delivery.

The Hive utilises other local traders as diverse as MDCSN for IT Support and has a positive working relationship with various businesses through the annual community street festival, such as Eat-Up - the increasingly popular restaurant on Milk Street who also cater at the seasonal Bazaar events. Another example of the Hive embracing local, was the requirement to move a baby grand piano last year. This called upon the services of long-established company, Glyn Upton removals.

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 local companies where we can. Whether this be through the supply of services or alternatively in the form of events, where independent traders are encouraged to get involved for the benefit of not only their own respective companies-  but the community as a whole."

He added "There are also a wide varety of ways in which new businesses can get involved and embrace the Hive. Such as supporting our shop-fittings appeal - or exploring new ways of helping eachother. We are always open-minded to thinking outside the box in terms of partnerships with businesses!"

People are invited to find out about the number of local businesses which the Hive utilises, by viewing the full list at