THE forum for Blackburn with Darwen’s business leaders is moving to a subscription basis in future.

Since 2016 The Hive has been a central focus for the borough’s business community.

For some time now discussions have been under way on a new operating model, which will see affiliates paying £150 to continue to have an input.

Ian Brown, the forum’s chairman, and Denise Park, the borough council’s deputy chief executive, outlined the changes at the organisation’s latest networking event.

For the subscription, which will run from November 1 to October 31, members can take advantage of the full range of services, advice and expertise available via The Hive.

Mr Brown said: “We announced the move to the subscription model so we can grow the network and provide services that our members have been asking for, such as digital, recruitment and communications.

“The cost will be £150 for a member with charities or not-for-profit bodies paying £75.

“We have asked the members what they want from the network, and we will be basing future network events on their suggestions.

“We want to grow the network and make it an attractive proposition by shining a light on the world class businesses in Blackburn and help people improve their bottom line.

“If we can’t give £150 of value to membership of the Hive, we’re not doing our job properly.”

The 100-strong gathering was given a recap of current growth areas, including plans for the second £8million office block in Blackburn’s Cathedral Quarter development.