Do business the feminine way at these lounges for female entrepreneurs

Set up by PR guru and entrepreneur Lynne Franks, B.Hive is a new kind of business club where like-minded women can come together in a feminine space to network and share their stories.


Operating in collaboration with Regus, the world’s largest work space provider, B.Hive has opened a flagship lounge in London’s Covent Garden, and will open more lounges in Bristol, Manchester, Birmingham, Reading and Glasgow next year. Franks worked with interior designer Rachel Ashwell to create the B.Hive lounges in the ‘Shabby Chic’ style for which Ashwell is famous, and plans to show the work of local women artists in each of the lounges.


B.Hive’s exclusive membership entitles women doing business unlimited access to these beautifully designed lounges, where there is complimentary internet access and refreshments, as well as preferential rates on meeting rooms, video-conferencing and more permanent office solutions. Members have opportunity to meet like-minded people and make new business contacts within the lounges and at weekly networking events and monthly events with guest speakers.


Said to be the inspiration for the character of Edina in Absolutely Fabulous, Lynne Franks ran one of the UK’s best known public relations in the 70s and 80s. After resigning as chairwoman of Lynne Franks PR in 1993, she became a champion of women in business, developing Sustainable Enterprise and Empowerment Dynamics (SEED) as a model for using principles of femininity, sustainability and social responsibility in business. In 2000, she wrote The SEED Handbook: The Feminine Way to Create Business, which was an international best seller. Membership to B.Hive costs £25 plus VAT per month. To find out more about joining, click here.

16 December 2010