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.

Determined to create real social impact from Enterprise4Good’s day-to-day operations, Mark actively promotes high quality, customer centric, business-led regeneration as a route to local, regional and national economic growth and has ensured that Enterprise4Good becomes a genuine partner rather than just a contractor to deliver a wide variety of innovative, demand led business support programmes.

Mark’s passion for the business extends beyond The Hive. He has ‘gone plural’ and is a Non-Executive Director of the Business Centre Association, the UK flexible workspace industry trade association. He is Chairman of Blackhorse Workshop CIC, a unique “serviced maker-space” in Walthamstow East London, a Non-Executive Director of East London Radio CIC, one of London’s fastest growing digital radio stations and media training groups and has joined the Board of the Organisation for Responsible Business, South Essex’s leading Corporate Social Responsibility network encouraging the growth of social enterprise and promoting business’ contribution to the local communities it works in.

WHY THE HIVE?

It was clear from Mark’s first visit to the empty space above the Beecroft Gallery at the Old Central Library that Essex’ “coolest hub” for start-ups and small business growth should be based in the building and working closely with Southend Borough Council, The Hive Enterprise Centre was born.

Housing the Beecroft Art Gallery on the lower floors, The Old Central Library is the commercial cornerstone of Southend-on-Sea’s Victoria Avenue Regeneration Boulevard with The Hive becoming a unique home to an eclectic ecosystem – or as we call it, a SMEcosystem – of enterprises across a variety of sectors.

Our exciting interiors, all-inclusive pricing, packed events calendar of free business support programmes and hosting of the BEST Regional Growth Hub will protect and create loc­al jobs for local people and it is this that’s the core of Enterprise4Good business model.

Mark is adamant that The Hive Enterprise Centre concept reflects the “New Southend” and promises that The Hive Team delivers incredible customer service EVERY SINGLE DAY.

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