Housed in the Old Library, the iconic 1960’s building was a visionary example of the classic architecture of the time. For decades it was both the focal point and educational facility of 1000’s of local people through books and learning. So it is the fitting choice to house The Hive on it’s journey as a place of communication and learning still, but now as Techcity-on-Sea!
Meet The Team
Our own staff are always on-hand to provide independent, confidential and free advice wherever they can.
Mark Kass - Founder & CEO
Mark’s career is built on working for, as and with start-ups since he left college at the end of the last century. This has made sure entrepreneurship and small business survival and growth is firmly ingrained in his DNA and in all businesses he works with.
He worked for one of the UK’s oldest enterprise agencies where he directed business support operations in East London and subsequently became a Small Business Ambassador for the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Having spent a stint working for a couple of large corporates as their in house “social entrepreneur” and starting up and handing over one of East London’s premier enterprise centres in partnership with local authority, Mark launched our parent company Enterprise4Good, as a not-for-profit social enterprise, in late 2014.
Find out more about Mark in our post Introducing Mark Kass.
Seb Coombs - Operations Manager
As Operations Manager of the Hive Enterprise Centre- Southend, I’m lucky enough to lead a team of fantastic customer service personnel, delivering you the best possible service in our office space. On a daily basis I do everything in the centre from sales and marketing the workspace right down to the basic facilities management of the centre.
I am passionate about working with people and working with businesses. I believe that an open line of communication is the best medicine meaning that I’m approachable and straight talking. I’m also all about networking! Following a career in business support I have a few tricks up my sleeve and a vast portfolio of business connections waiting to be tapped into. If ever I can help you and you organisation, I will!
When I’m not here at the Hive you can catch me traversing down a mountain on some skis in a snowy part of the world or jogging along Southend sea front. I joined the Hive in June 2015 following a career in business support, communication and marketing. I’m proud to be the manager of such a great team of individuals!For information on Seb check out his LinkedIn Profile
Stephanie Corder - Customer Service Coordinator
I am an experienced secretary/admin assistant with over 35 years of office experience, mainly in the professional world. I am experienced in Word, Excel and PowerPoint and have been the Personal Assistant to the CEO of a firm of Liability Adjusters.
My main interests outside of work are reading and watching sport. I am an avid crime novel reader and use the opportunity to pit my wits against the fictional detective. I am happy watching practically any sport, except boxing, but my favourites are football cricket and tennis. I have followed Manchester United for many years, starting when George Best was in the team and a particular draw for a female teenager!
I am also particularly interested in history and find it fascinating to see the effects of events in the past on current thinking. This, together with changes in the social landscape, makes a fascinating world. I find people interesting in themselves and enjoy working as part of a team.To find out more about Stephanie view her LinkedIn profile
Emily Whitfield - Events, Sales, Marketing Officer
Last year I was lucky enough to have the opportunity to take an apprenticeship here at The Hive. I am pleased to say I have successfully completed my one year apprenticeship in Digital Marketing which has allowed me to continue working in the Hive team as Events, Sales and Marketing Officer.
When I am not at work I enjoy learning about the world of beauty therapy, taking photographs and using social media.For more information visit Emily's LinkedIn profile
Calum Smith - Digital Marketing Apprentice
I am 17 years old and the new digital marketing apprentice. I was born and raised in Southend-on-Sea and have lived here all my life. Although I have only just joined the Hive I am really enjoying my time here and my fellow colleagues are very kind and friendly people and have welcomed me into the team with open arms.
I spend my free time either playing football; going out with my mates or catching up on sleep. Along with Steph I am a die-hard Manchester United fan and have been all my life.View Calum's LinkedIn profile