CREATING a more successful economy in Blackburn and Darwen is a key target for Hive, but the network takes a much wider approach.

Hive plays a key role in supporting young people in the borough. Its nominated charity is Blackburn Youth Zone, which means funds are raised to support the project's work and its profile is raised into the bargain.

Hive and Blackburn Youth Zone share a vision of bridging the gap between the business community and young people, the future employees and business leaders of the borough.

Hive also works very closely with Lancaster University as part of a strategic alliance signed recently between the university, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council and Blackburn College.

The alliance will see the university’s research, expertise, facilities and networks applied to improve local employment and meet skills needs, promote economic growth, accelerate the innovation and reform of public services and promote improved public health.

Hive will be key in bringing this to the business community of Blackburn with Darwen and many joint initiatives are already under way.