Author: The Hive

Written | 21 Jun 2021

Petite interview d’entrepreneure avec Olivia Morel, consultante en marketing. Olivia nous partage ainsi son parcours, ce qui lui a poussé vers l’entreprenariat et les challenges qu’elle a rencontré. Mais surtout ses conseils à ceux qui veulent aussi se lancer !

Parles-nous un peu de toi et de ton parcours

Je m’appelle Olivia Morel, je suis née et j’ai grandi à La Réunion. J’ai commencé à travailler en tant que chargée de communication pour une entreprise dans le secteur de la télécommunication tout de suite après mes études.

Lorsque cette entreprise a été rachetée (4 ans après mon arrivée), mon poste ne faisait pas partie des emplois “indispensables”. Je suis partie et j’ai trouvé un autre emploi dans le marketing auprès de la première chaine locale de La Réunion : Antenne Réunion.

J’y ai travaillé pendant près de 6 ans. Arrivée en tant que chef de produit, j’occupais le poste de responsable marketing et communication à mon départ de l’entreprise en 2020. Départ qui cette fois-ci était volontaire puisque j’ai démissionné de mon poste pour tenter une nouvelle aventure.

Qu’est-ce qui t’a poussé vers l’entreprenariat ?

L’entreprenariat n’était pas la destination lorsque j’ai décidé de quitter mon poste début 2020. Ce que je voulais à l’époque, c’était trouver un emploi dans une autre entreprise à La Réunion avec des missions qui me fassent vibrer et me donne envie de m’engager pour l’entreprise. Je n’ai pas trouvé de réponse adaptée à ce projet. En discutant avec plusieurs personnes (à leur compte), on m’a conseillé de me lancer dans l’entreprenariat. J’ai laissé le temps à l’idée de faire son chemin. J’étais en plein confinement à la maison, je finissais ma période de prévis dans mon ancienne boîte et je me suis dit “pourquoi pas”.

Se lancer n’est pas si simple ! Quels ont été tes challenges au tout début ?

Se lancer juste avec un “pourquoi pas” demande beaucoup de courage mais implique aussi des challenges auxquels on ne s’y attend pas.

Je voulais me lancer, il me manquait l’idée : quoi faire ? quoi vendre ? à qui ? Toutes ces questions me ramenaient à moi, et à des questions bien plus profondes : qui suis-je ? de quoi j’ai envie ? quel est la place du travail dans ma vie ? quel est mon rêve ? qu’est-ce que je souhaite apporter à ce monde ? Bref, des questions existentielles que je ne m’étais jamais posée.

Mon premier challenge a donc été de savoir qui je suis et ce que je voulais faire avec mon entreprise.

Je suis évidemment passée par d’autres challenges comme : me faire connaître, définir mes tarifs, convaincre mes potentiels clients.

“Les challenges ne s’affrontent pas seul et être entrepreneur n’est pas synonyme d’être seul. Alors, ne restez pas seul face à vos challenges !”

Quels conseils donnerais-tu à ceux qui se lancent ? Comment affronter ces challenges inévitables ?

À tous ceux qui se lancent je voudrais leur dire qu’il est important d’être patient lorsqu’on entreprend, patient et persévérant.

Car pour moi, l’entreprenariat s’apparente à du jardinage : il faut semer, arroser chaque jour, enlever les mauvaises herbes, mettre des tuteurs pour aider la plante à pousser et après plusieurs semaines ou mois, vous récoltez enfin le fruit de votre travail.

Enfin, les challenges ne s’affrontent pas seul. Être entrepreneur n’est pas synonyme d’être seul. Et cette phrase, j’ai pris du temps à l’assimiler. Même si vous travaillez seul, un entrepreneur est une personne qui va trouver de l’aide lorsqu’il en a besoin. Alors, ne restez pas seul face à vos challenges !

Un an plus tard, comment te sens-tu en tant qu’entrepreneure ?

Un an plus tard, je suis toujours là et c’est déjà une victoire en soi. Ne rien lâcher et continuer.

Je suis aujourd’hui une femme plus forte. Pas forte dans le sens où je peux tout vaincre, mais forte parce que durant un an, j’ai appris à avancer malgré les peurs et les doutes. Et j’ai soif de continuer à avancer pour les 5 ou 10 prochaines années (et pourquoi pas plus, qui sait ?)

“Aux entrepreneurs en particulier, je leur conseillerais de s’écouter. Souvent on se force à faire des choses pour se faire connaître qui ne va pas du tout avec notre personnalité, et ça se sent.”

Peux-tu nous expliquer en quoi consiste ton travail en tant que consultante ?

Je me décris comme une consultante et une cheffe de projet. Mon rôle est de conseiller mes clients sur la stratégie marketing à adopter, mais ma valeur ajoutée est aussi dans la gestion du plan marketing. Pour les entreprises qui n’ont pas de service marketing, je suis leur responsable marketing délocalisée. Ils bénéficient de mes compétences avec la souplesse de la prestation de service, ils ne payent que le temps passé.

Le marketing est quasi indispensable pour les PME mais beaucoup ne savent pas par où commencer, tu conseillerais quoi aux entrepreneurs ?

Aux entrepreneurs en particulier, je leur conseillerais de s’écouter. Souvent on se force à faire des choses pour se faire connaître qui ne va pas du tout avec notre personnalité, et ça se sent. Donc 1ère chose : s’écouter. Et 2ème chose : faire des tests. La stratégie qui marche à tous les coups n’existe pas (même en étant experte du sujet, je ne l’ai pas encore trouvé). Il est important de faire des tests, de se corriger, d’optimiser pour trouver la bonne combinaison qui marche pour vous. Il n’y a pas de secret, là aussi il faut persévérer !

Retrouvez Olivia sur son site Internet, LinkedIn pour discuter ou pour suivre ses actus & Instagram si vous avez envie de voir son chat en story !

Vous aussi vous souhaitez nous partager votre histoire d’entrepreneur.e avec nous ? Faites-nous signe ici : [email protected] 👈

Written | 14 Jun 2021

Last Friday came the long-awaited Budget Speech, one that many business owners were hoping would hint heavily towards a much needed economic boost. Today, we’re taking the notable measures announced and compiling them in an easy-to-read article for SMEs. Here’s the Budget Brief simplified 👇

Titled “Better Together,” the 2021-2022 budget comes as a follow-up to the previous one that sought to “preserve the stability of our economy”. This year the Budget focuses on three Rs: Recovery, Revival and Resilience. A core strategy with three pillars:

1️⃣ Boosting investment
2️⃣ Shaping a new economy
3️⃣ Restoring confidence

What’s in it for SMEs, MMEs & Entrepreneurs?

So what does that mean for businesses and what measures will impact the most on entrepreneurs and SMEs? In a dedicated section, the Minister acknowledged the important role SMEs play in employment and how much they’ve been affected by the pandemic. Therefore, the budget, he says, seeks to lift the confidence of entrepreneurs and continue to support SMEs.

Loan Schemes
• A Rs 100,000 interest-free loan from the DBM for cash flow issues
• A 0.5% COVID-19 Special Support Scheme loan of up to Rs 1 million
• Loan facilities of up to Rs 5 million to retailers (with a turnover of up to Rs 250 million) at a concessional rate of 3.5% p.a.

Financial Support
• Sustaining of wages by financing the monthly salary compensation of Rs 375 throughout the upcoming financial year
• A five-year extension of trade fee exemption up to Rs 5,000
• Amnesty granted on trade fees, penalties and interests that were due before January 2020
• The extension of the Tax Arrears Settlement Scheme for SMEs until December 2021
• The extension of the total maximum grant across all SME Mauritius schemes from Rs 150,000 to Rs 200,000

Other Support
• A 110% deduction allowed on taxable income for direct expenses on the purchase of products manufactured locally by SMEs
• Up to 30% rebate on the annual rental of industrial space to manufacturing SMEs over the next 3 years
• The construction of an SME Industrial Park in Solferino, with 20% of free space allocated to startups for the first 3 years
• The creation of an online marketplace for startups 

Everything else 

What else stands out for entrepreneurs and SMEs, we’ve made a list here 👇

• A Rs 5 billion Modernisation and Transformation Fund, which will be managed by a new Industrial Financial Institution (IFI)*
• The extension of the Credit Guarantee Scheme (CGS) for SMEs. This will cover 5% of the default amount on leases contracted from private leasing companies.
• The maximum investment through crowdlending platforms by the IFI will go up to Rs 1 million per project
• A 200% deduction from taxable income for the acquisition of specialised software and systems

*It is to be noted that the IFI will take over the activities of the ISP Ltd and SME Equity Fund.

Green Energy Industry
As part of his speech, the Minister iterated the importance of Green Energy for an economic boost and GDP growth for our country. In a series of measures with projects involving the CEB, the implementation of various renewable energy schemes by the latter will also concern businesses and SMEs.

Mauritius Is Opening
With over Rs 8.5 billion already allocated to employees of this sector through assistance schemes, the next step for the government is notably the opening of our borders. The latter will unfold as follows:
• As of 15 July, the country will be open to vaccinated tourists for “resort tourism,” with a mandatory 14-day hotel isolation period and a negative PCR test
• As of 1 October, the country will be open to vaccinated tourists with a negative PCR test and this without any restrictions 

In addition to that, the government will be:
• Extending the Wage and Self-Employed Assistance Schemes to the tourism sector until September 2021
• Introduce a Tourism Business Continuity loan for SMEs via the DBM at a rate of 0.5% p.a.

So that’s it!

In concluding his speech, the Minister reiterated that the government will be extending exceptional assistance for tourism and SMEs. With uncertainty persevering, he also urged Self-Employed individuals to register themselves with the MRA to benefit from future government support.

Other key numbers:
• The budget deficit for the fiscal year 2020/2021 is expected to reach 5.6% 
• Public sector debt will be 95% of GDP in June 2021 due to two consecutive GDP contractions
• For the fiscal year 2021/2022, a GDP growth of 9% is expected
• Total expenditure will represent 32.5% of GDP and total revenue 27.5% of GDP
• The Budget deficit will be contained at 5% of GDP
• The public sector debt to GDP ratio will be reduced by around 4 percentage points to 91%

Read everything here 👈

Written | 07 May 2021

Le groupe LexTech.mu (à l’origine LegalTech.mu) a été fondé le 1er mai 2020 en plein confinement par Manin Utchanah.

Nous avons commencé comme un projet bénévole visant à fournir des applications de technologie juridique aux personnes et aux PME dans le besoin à la suite des conséquences économiques et sociales de la crise du COVID-19. On a créé des applications web pour :

(i)      automatiser les demandes de moratoires pour les locataires affectés par la crise en conformité aux amendements apportés au Landlord & Tenant Act;

(ii)    guider les employées ayant perdu leurs emplois;

(iii)   calculer les d’indemnités de licenciement; et

(iv)   guider les PME vers les aides financières appropriées selon leurs spécificités.

Dans le même esprit de tirer parti de la technologie juridique pour améliorer l’accès à la justice, la prochaine étape a été le lancement du cabinet d’avocat digitale LexTech.mu Chambers en décembre 2020 avec l’aide de Diksha Beeharry, ancienne avocate à la Commission nationale des droits de l’homme.

“Nous avons lancé une plateforme web pour que les avocats du cabinet puissent fournir des services juridiques innovants et sur-mesure à leurs clients.”

Le cabinet d’avocat digital indépendant LexTech.mu Chambers est alimentée par la technologie provenant de LegalTech.mu, notre laboratoire de recherche et de développement pour l’innovation dans le secteur juridique.

Nous avons lancé une plateforme web pour que les avocats du cabinet puissent fournir des services juridiques innovants et sur-mesure à leurs clients comme un portail client avec comme fonctionnalités l’accès direct et virtuel aux membres du cabinet, aux documents juridiques, dates de comparution en cour, factures et paiements en ligne. Nous avons aussi mis en place une plateforme de réservation en ligne synchronisée aux calendriers respectifs des avocats, pour les prises de rendez-vous virtuels ou en personne dans les succursales du cabinet réparties dans les différentes régions de l’île.

Avec cette deuxième vague de cas de COVID-19 ayant pris le pays par surprise, nous avons dû accélérer notre développement pour répondre aux besoins de ceux affectés par le confinement.

Compte tenu de la recrudescence des cas de violence domestique pendant le confinement, nous avons développé au cours des deux premières semaines de confinement une application web gratuite afin d’aider les particuliers, les praticiens du droit et les travailleurs sociaux à automatiser la rédaction de demandes pour les protection order. Nous avons depuis le lancement reçu quelques milliers de visites sur l’application web, plus particulièrement des curieux voulant tester l’application.

Une fois le confinement passé, nous avons comme ambition d’ouvrir les portes du cabinet d’avocat digitale aux praticiens du droit souhaitant tirer parti des nouvelles technologies juridique et continuer la recherche et le développement d’applications de technologie juridiques pour les ONG, les cabinets d’avocats, d’avoués, de notaires ainsi que les départements juridiques internes des entreprises.

Zoom sur LexTech.mu 👇

Zoom sur LexTech.mu, un cabinet d’avocat digital indépendant, fondé par un de nos membres, l’avocat Manindra Utchanah. Le but ? Fournir des applications juridique en ligne aux individuels et aux #PME, surtout en cette période de crise.

Le cabinet est alimenté par la technologie provenant de LegalTech.mu, son laboratoire de recherche et de développement pour l’innovation dans le secteur juridique, propose plusieurs services en ligne :

👉 𝗨𝗻 𝗽𝗼𝗿𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗹 𝗰𝗹𝗶𝗲𝗻𝘁 𝗮𝘃𝗲𝗰 𝗮𝗰𝗰𝗲̀𝘀 𝗱𝗶𝗿𝗲𝗰𝘁 𝗲𝘁 𝘃𝗶𝗿𝘁𝘂𝗲𝗹
Aux membres du cabinet, documents juridiques, dates de comparution en cour, factures & paiements en ligne.

👉 𝗨𝗻𝗲 𝗽𝗹𝗮𝘁𝗲𝗳𝗼𝗿𝗺𝗲 𝗱𝗲 𝗿𝗲́𝘀𝗲𝗿𝘃𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻
Synchronisée aux calendriers respectifs des avocats, pour les prises de rendez-vous virtuels ou en personne au sein de différentes régions de l’île (et bien sûr, notamment au sein de nos espaces !)

👉 𝗨𝗻𝗲 𝗮𝗽𝗽𝗹𝗶𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗶𝗼𝗻 𝘄𝗲𝗯 𝗴𝗿𝗮𝘁𝘂𝗶𝘁𝗲
Afin d’aider les particuliers, les praticiens du droit et les travailleurs sociaux à automatiser la rédaction de demandes pour les protection orders suite aux cas de violences domestiques.

𝗣𝗹𝘂𝘀 𝗱’𝗶𝗻𝗳𝗼𝘀 𝘀𝘂𝗿 𝗹𝗲 𝗰𝗮𝗯𝗶𝗻𝗲𝘁 𝗶𝗰𝗶 👇
https://lextech.mu/

Written | 22 Mar 2021

We’ve asked Deena Bhoyroo, Barrister at Law & one of our members, to tell us more about what she does & why she chose THE HIVE! She tells us everything here 👇

Who are you and what do you do?
I am a lawyer. I work with NGOs, groups and other associations to help those who are vulnerable or do not know the law and their rights, to educate and empower them.

I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) in the UK, previously the Head of the Faculty of Law and Criminology, as well as a Lecturer in Law at Aberystwyth University (Mauritius Branch Campus). I am also an expert for Mauritius in the World Bank’s Women Business and the Law Family Law Project.

What’s your definition of a world changer?
Someone with novel ideas to change the world, to make it a better place for everyone now and in the future.

Why THE HIVE?
My offices are in Port Louis and Pamplemousses, but I am now also available in St Pierre, Curepipe and Pierrefonds thanks to The Hive. I chose The Hive in order to be closer to people and to be able to help and educate more people across the island. We organise meetings and information sessions/workshops for people. It is not everyone that can travel to Port Louis, or attend an office between 9 to 4 from Monday to Friday as they also do work. The Hive’s opening hours of 8 a.m. to 8 p.m and its various locations spanned in different regions of Mauritius is perfect.

What do you love most about THE HIVE?
Its beautiful locations, the helpful and smiling people and Thursday Foot 5 sessions in Bagatelle

The Hive offers fully-serviced offices and coworking spaces to entrepreneurs, SMEs & students, allowing them to grow within a sustainable workplace community. Find out more about us by visiting our website 👈

Written | 15 Mar 2021

Another national lockdown and the feeling of déjà-vu has never been more real. While we’re locked in for the second time (COVID-19 be damned!), businesses who have resumed their activities post-lockdown are once again having to review the way they work for the next weeks or so. And if we’ve been through this once, it certainly doesn’t mean it gets any easier. As an SME ourselves, we’re not only saying it, we’re living it. So, just like we did the first time, we’re back to share the news that helps us so that it can also help our members and other SMEs 👇

1️⃣  How to get government support
2️⃣ (Other) new COVID-19 schemes
3️⃣  Services and resources available
4️⃣ Virtual local events to attend

HOW TO GET GOVERNMENT SUPPORT

To help businesses navigate this challenging time, the Government Wage Assistance Scheme and the Self Employed Assistance Scheme have been extended for March 2021.

For all sectors (other than Tourism), the allowance will be payable for half a month based on the 15-day lockdown period.

💰 The amount
Rs 12,688 under the GWAS. The equivalent of a half month basic wage of all employees earning up to Rs 50, 375.

Rs 2,644 under the SEAS. A top-up of Rs 94 compared to the last SEAS which amounted to Rs 2,550.

✅  Who’s eligible for the GWAS/SEAS?
The private sector
Approved or registered charitable institutions
Charitable trusts and charitable foundations
Self-employed individuals

🏝  Are you from the tourism sector? 
Financial assistance will be covered in full by the government for the month of March 2021, capped at Rs 25,375 per employee (for employees earning up to Rs 50, 375) under the GWAS. 

Under the SEAS, self-employed individuals in the tourism sector will benefit from a monthly allowance of Rs 5,287.

🖱 How to apply? 
Same as last year, you can apply via the Mauritius Revenue Authority’s website: www.mra.mu! More on that here 👈

(OTHER) NEW COVID-19 SCHEMES

A new lockdown means new COVID-19 schemes in support of self-employed individuals & SMEs! 💪 Here are the schemes & measures announced by the Minister of Finance last Friday 20/03:

👨‍💼 Self-Employed One-Off Grant
Rs 10,000. This is the amount of the one-off grant to self-employed individuals, on top of the Rs 2,250 allocated via the SEAS!

🔓 SME Interest-Free Loan
This scheme will allow SMEs to apply for loans up to Rs 100,000 with the Development Bank of Mauritius.

💵 SME COVID-19 Special Support
Apply for loans up to Rs 1M with the DBM at a preferential rate of 0.5% p.a. & a 1-year moratorium on capital repayments & interest.

➕  Extension of VAT Deadlines
The deadline for VAT payment for SMEs, initially scheduled for 31 March 2021, has been extended to 15 July 2021.

⏸ DBM 1-Year Moratorium
A 1-year moratorium on capital repayments & interest for existing DBM scheme loans.

SERVICES & RESOURCES AVAILABLE

🏦  Banks
Basic banking services are once again available to the public (and businesses). Strategic branches for all banks will remain open. Make sure to check out your bank service provider’s website for more information on operating regions and opening hours!

What you need to know:
Access will be granted in alphabetical order as per the communique issued by the Government:
Fees applicable to shared ATM services will be waived or refunded, giving you access to any ATM of any bank without paying any fee

More news to follow on the Bank of Mauritius’ website 👈


👨‍💼  SME Mauritius
While on Work From Home, SME Mauritius remains available on the phone for support. If you have any queries, log in via their website to reach out to your dedicated officer. Stay tuned to their Facebook page for more news from them!


🗂  Business Mauritius’ SME Support
To provide more support to SMEs, Business Mauritius set up a webpage full of resources. From government financing mechanisms to the latest news in business and more, you will find useful information right there 👈

VIRTUAL LOCAL EVENTS TO ATTEND

A new lockdown means a number of virtual events you can attend in your free time. We’re adding our best picks over the next two weeks 👇

💻  Women’s Coding Day
Saturday 20th @ 10AM

Le Wagon Women’s Coding Day is a full day workshop dedicated to women who want to learn how to code. Who’s it for? Complete beginners!

What will you learn?
Discover HTML and CSS
Learn how to integrate APIs through several examples of web APIs in your daily life
How to: define a UX product pitch, create a user persona, identify a core user journey and design a User Flow

Sign up here 👉  https://info.lewagon.com/womens-coding-day-mauritius


🔢  Managing Finance through Difficult Time for SMEs
Wednesday 17th @ 3PM

Hosted by SME Mauritius, this workshop will teach you:
Optimisation of costs (costing & pricing strategy)
Working capital management (cash, stocks & debts)
Budgeting (forecasting)

Hosting a business webinar during the lockdown?
Let us know & we’ll add it right in ✌️

Written | 08 Mar 2021

Following the recent local cases of COVID-19 announced by the government during the past few days, we’d like to provide a small update!

Here are our procedures & what we strongly recommend 👇

1. Members

  • Wear masks at all times
  • Encourage employees and visitors to wear masks
  • Use the hand sanitizer provided at all our centres upon entering

2. Social distancing

  • Ensure social distancing of 1.5m as far as possible
  • Limit access to the coffee machine and kitchen appliances to one person at a time

3. Meeting rooms

  • Meeting rooms will accommodate up to 4 people only
  • Cleaning procedures after use will be operated by our cleaning staff

4. Kitchen

  • Wash your own dishes
  • Keep mugs/cups at your desks and not on common shelves
  • Limit access to the kitchen sink to 1 person at the time
  • Food stored in the fridge must be in a container. Foods in their original packaging will not be accepted.
  • Food must be taken out from the fridge on Friday to ensure weekly fridge cleaning

5. Lunch and common areas

  • We highly recommend that members lunch at their own desks
  • In any case, we encourage staggered lunch times to avoid grouping during lunchtime
  • We encourage anyone to leave as soon as lunch is finished

6. Visitors and customers

  • Visitors and customers will be allowed to enter our premises only if equipped with masks for safety and prevention measures
  • We recommend that customer visits be limited

7. The Hive cleaning procedures

  • Offices and desks will be cleaned on a daily basis (before working hours). We recommend you clear your desk out every evening so that we can clean it properly!
  • Cups, mugs and other personal belongings will not be cleaned by our staff
  • Common space areas will be cleaned on a daily basis (after working hours)
  • Fridges will be cleaned on a weekly basis
  • Restrooms will be cleaned every hour
  • Door handles will be cleaned with hydroalcoholic gel every two hours

Do you have questions or suggestions for us? Drop us an email here 👉  [email protected]

Written | 10 Feb 2021

  Let’s start with the history of coffee…
The word “coffee” entered the English language in 1582 via the Dutch koffie, borrowed from the Ottoman Turkish kahve, in turn, borrowed from the Arabic qahwah (and we “borrowed” this information from Wikipedia 😬 ). Anyway, it is believed that coffee dates back to 850 Ad but no one can exactly tell. And so the legend says that it was discovered by a goat herder named Kaldi (a long and more accurate story here) who found out about the stimulating effects of coffee. And now years and years later, no one at work can go one day without a cup (or multiple cups) of coffee.

🏢  …and more on coffee at the workplace!
Well, coffee breaks initially date back to 1952 from an ad campaign which had the slogan “Give yourself a coffee-break and get what coffee gives to you”. Fast forward to now, where people at work statistically leave their place for an average of 20 minutes to get their daily dose of caffeine. If you have any doubt about this, all of us at THE HIVE are living proof of that and that’s why coffee has such an important place in our workplaces. Aaaand that’s also how the Happy Blend, our specialty coffee, was born in 2019.

🦤  Where it all started for us
The Happy Blend was the result of our strong belief that great coffee is a catalyst for a great day. And after three years of subpar can-be-found-anywhere coffee, we absolutely needed good coffee and, most importantly, one that’s as local as possible. That’s how Dodo Café came into play…

🇲🇺  Our commitment to local
Dodo Café’s is a local artisan coffee roastery and the first specialty coffee roastery on the island. Established in 1990, they have been developing their passion for coffee for 30 years now. How do they do it? By sourcing some of the best coffee beans around the world and roasting & blending them right here on our little island to produce premium coffee. Choosing them as our supplier was a no-brainer!

😃  And how the Happy Blend was born
Now that we had our local partner, we wanted something truly special, something just for us, something you could not find anywhere else. With 70% Arabica from Tanzania, 15% Robusta from India and 15% Moka from Ethiopia, The Happy Blend was and is everything we wanted: a locally roasted and blended coffee mixing the best of Africa & India. Stepping foot in any of our four workplaces, you really just can’t miss the smell of it and of course the sound of the coffee grinding!

👉  So what now?
It’s been a whole year of Happy Blend at all our workplaces around the island. The coffee machine has become an emblematic part of THE HIVE and the coffee itself a taste you would recognise every time you have a sip of it (It’s true, ask our members!). Whether it’s a cappuccino flavoured with honey from Les Ruchers Senneville (locally-made honey available at all our workplaces) or just your regular Americano, the Happy Blend was made with one belief: Every coworking day should start with a taste of happiness!

➡️  Available (but not for sale) only at THE HIVE: Join us today!

Written | 03 Dec 2020

Les “Business Suites by The Hive” chez Sun Resorts, c’est pour bientôt ! On vous parle de notre nouveau partenariat avec le groupe hôtelier Sun Resorts, de ce que nous réservons à notre communauté dès janvier avec cette offre et comment ces nouveaux espaces de travail s’allient à une expérience hôtelière donnant ainsi tout son sens au Workspitality.

Business Suites by The Hive
Des espaces de suites d’affaires entièrement équipés, voilà ce que nous proposerons au sein des hôtels Sun Resorts (pour l’instant à La Pirogue et au Sugar Beach). Avec nos Business Suites pouvant accueillir 1 à 3 personnes, nous ramenons ainsi la flexibilité de nos espaces actuels dans un environnement prestigieux. Et si vous vous demandez quand celles-ci seront disponibles, nous vous retrouverons sur la côte ouest de l’île dès janvier 2021 !

« Qui dit offres exclusives, dit services exclusifs. Vous retrouverez ainsi compris dans votre adhésion toutes les prestations dignes d’un hôtel 5-étoiles. Conciergerie, le Sun Resorts members club, restaurants, spas, salles de sports, plages idylliques…le Workspitality un cran au-dessus ».

Le Coworking Exclusif au Sun Resorts
En sus des suites d’affaires, notre partenariat comprendra aussi des espaces de coworking exclusifs, situés au cœur même du clubhouse du Sun Resorts. La combinaison parfaite d’espaces de partages et de services d’hôtellerie. Ces espaces exclusifs seront aussi disponibles en janvier, avec des offres d’adhésions mensuelles à partir de Rs 12,000/mois.

Et le plus dans tout ça…
Qui dit offres exclusives, dit services exclusifs. Vous retrouverez ainsi compris dans votre adhésion toutes les prestations dignes d’un hôtel 5-étoiles. Conciergerie, le Sun Resorts members club, restaurants, spas, salles de sports, plages idylliques…le Workspitality un cran au-dessus.

Mais ce n’est pas tout, que vous soyez en coworking exclusif ou en Business Suite, notre fameux accès multisite en fera aussi partie, permettant ainsi une flexibilité unique à travers toute l’île !

« Nous sommes ravis de ce partenariat avec The Hive qui nous permet d’accueillir une nouvelle clientèle qui souhaite allier travail et plaisir, tout en profitant des avantages d’une expérience hôtelière haut de gamme », déclare François Eynaud, le CEO de Sun Resorts.

Encore plus de flexibilité
Changer le working lifestyle des Mauriciens : notre grande mission, notre raison même d’exister ! « Aujourd’hui avec Sun Resorts nous allons pousser encore plus loin notre définition du Workspitality et continuer d’offrir à notre communauté grandissante de nouvelles expériences sur leur lieu de travail », précise notre CEO, Cyril Quintyn.

Plus de flexibilité, un service exclusif et un savoir-faire 5-étoiles, soit une offre adaptée aux tendances actuelles, que vous soyez homme ou femme d’affaires, entrepreneur ou ‘digital nomad’ à la recherche d’un lieu de travail de prestige.

« Ce concept inédit permettra également de rassembler la clientèle locale avec la clientèle internationale en un seul lieu, où échanges, rencontres et partages sont possibles », rajoute François Eynaud.

Quand et comment ?
Les “Business Suites by The Hive”, ainsi que nos espaces de coworking exclusifs seront opérationnels au courant du mois de janvier ! Donc si vous souhaitez commencer l’année sous les cocotiers, nous sommes joignable ici :

THE HIVE workplace
T.  +230 460 0000
E.  [email protected]
W.  www.thehive.mu 

Sun Resorts
W.  www.work-stay-play.com/work/

Written | 09 Oct 2020

While we’re still adjusting to the “new normal,” we’ve already seen a lot of changes in the way we work, and many of us have now opted to work from home. But working from home has a few limits when it comes to business. With no professional business address to receive your mails, no professional location to meet your clients, a lack of focus you might only find in an office setting…

Enter Virtual Office: for those who don’t always need an office, but need to run their business like they had one! Virtual Office fills in where Work From Home can’t, with a professional address for your business, mail reception, scan & send, meeting room & day office access. And how’s that important for your business? It’s all here 👇

Corporate business address & mail management

The main feature of Virtual Office is a professional business address. It’s the solution for those who don’t really need a physical office but still need a “place.” With an address assigned to your business, not only will you get a really great, really professional address to get your mails delivered right at a central business location, but all your mails will be managed by a dedicated team: mail reception, email notification or even scanning & sending of mails for fast & paperless delivery! ♻️

Business legitimacy

Working from home is great until you realise your home address just does not quite cut it for your business! Why? Because the perception and professionalism that comes with a physical office (or the appearance of one!) are crucial to building reputation and credibility, especially if you’re still building up your client base. Why’s that so? Well, what clients want to see is a professional and reliable business, and sometimes that just starts with an address that’s not your home address! 🏡

Low cost & easy setup

If there’s one thing that’s for sure with Virtual Office (v/s an actual physical office), it’s that it is much much easier to set up and…boy, is it cheaper! Setting up your business in a Virtual Office operated location is just a document away and it allows you to use your new & freshly registered address in no time. The cost? Cheaper than paying rent, no doubt. But really, packages can start as low as Rs 1,250 per month depending on the services you opt for. Not bad for an office!

A physical place to meet & work

While working from home sounds great, sometimes you still need a place to meet or work! That’s when additional features like Meeting Room and Day Use Office access included in your Virtual Office membership comes in handy. This way you can meet clients in a business setting and not in your living room 👎

At THE HIVE, we’re taking this to the next level with our Virtual Office + and Virtual Office ++. Get full access to our meeting rooms and day offices at ALL our workplaces around the island. Yep, that’s 4 locations (St Pierre, Curepipe, Pierrefonds & Beau Plan) to meet clients closer to where they are and get your team all in one place for work sessions!

Support for scaling

When businesses grow quickly, scaling can become a bit of a hassle. Accommodating more employees brings challenges that some of us could do without (read: relocation and the additional costs it incurs). With a Virtual Office, there’s really none of that since it’s…wait for it…virtual 🤯 So, you can scale up your business whenever you need it without either:

1) Having to choose between cramping all your new employees into the small space you’re renting; or

2) Signing a big fat check to relocate somewhere bigger

Setting up your Virtual Office at THE HIVE

Virtual Office at THE HIVE is the best of all the above, with three memberships:

✉️ Virtual Office
Our basic offer gets you the very best of Virtual Office: your professional address at THE HIVE, mail reception & email notifications!

✉️ 🗓 Virtual Office +
And if you want to get more from your Virtual Office: sign up to our Virtual Office + and add Scan & Send and Meeting Room access to your monthly package!

✉️ 🗓 🖥 Virtual Office ++
The ultimate Virtual Office membership with Day Use Office access for those who need a place to work a couple of times a month.

Get your address today!

Written | 06 Aug 2020

More than one-third of small businesses lack social media presence. Shocking? Well not when their priorities lie elsewhere, with the top one being cash flow management. Still, in making time for social media, local SMEs have a lot to win and even more so in this new normal. As the trends show clear growth in social media use year after year, these numbers alone might just be the reason to go social. Let’s have a look at how the trends in social media use make it worth it (and other reasons why!) 📈

What do the trends say?*

If we’re going global…

There are 3.80 billion people on social media (that’s 2 923 times our population 💥) who spend an average 6 hours and 43 minutes on the internet, 2 hours 24 minutes of which are spent on…you guessed it: social media!

…and if we go local

  • 840 000 of us are on social media
  • 760 000 of us are on Facebook, which means that on Facebook alone, your ads can reach up to 70% vs. our population
  • On Instagram, you can reach 22% vs. our population (with 240 000 local users)
  • LinkedIn? 28% vs. our population (with 280 000 users)

TL;DR?

(Kind of) Everyone’s on social media and your business should too!

Looking for other reasons why? We’ve got a few more 👇

Other reason 1️⃣: Could it BE any easier?**

Social media marketing has often been left to specialists because, for something that seems easy, it’s really not (that’s why it’s a whole job in the first place!). But if you’re getting started? Well, for that, it’s getting easier and easier.

First off, a lot of it is accessible and fairly easy to grasp. With platforms lowering their barrier to entry, this means that small business owners everywhere now have more opportunities to create their own ads and reach their audience in a few clicks. To clear out any doubts, just think: if it’s good enough, get it out. 840K users in Mauritius alone, remember? There’s plenty of time to learn and get better! You got this 💪

“54% of people believe that businesses engaged with clients and followers on Facebook are more focused on providing better service than those that did not.

Other reason 2️⃣: You’re (probably) already good at it

If there’s one thing that pretty much any social media goes on and on about, it’s community. As a small business, chances are you already are very community-focused. And as the need for 1:1 connection surges (especially post-COVID), the sense of community found typically in local small businesses offline will work just as well (and even wider) on social media. This means one thing: you’ve built your community (no matter how small) and you can grow it even bigger on social media. So take what you know and bring it online!

Other reason 3️⃣: It’s all about branding

If all the trends in social media use mean anything, above anything else they mean: brand awareness. With over 70% of the population on social media, that’s surely one way to get your business out there and right in front of everyone’s s̶a̶l̶a̶d̶ eyes. #smallisbeautiful, why not show it?

Because as consumers’ use of social media increases, it’s more and more the place they’re looking for for product and branding information. And if this is the place where people come to know your brand, it is also the place where they become loyal customers. Plus, being on social media just makes your brand shine: 54% of people believe that businesses engaged with clients and followers on Facebook are more focused on providing better service than those that did not.

“50% of small businesses agree social media helps them increase sales and within five years, 70% of them see ROI

Other reason 4️⃣: Think cheap(er)

Going social is free for the most part and the “free” can get the job done if you just want to be out there. However, if you’re looking for that “70% of the population” ad reach, you’ll have to swipe that card! But the good news is: even then, advertising on social media is much cheaper than traditional advertising. Got $1? That’s enough for Facebook! Well, you get what we mean: it’s just cheap(er) 🏷

Other reason 5️⃣: Get leads, make sales!

If it’s easy to communicate about your brand, it’s also never been easier for customers to express their interest in it. This makes lead generation one of the biggest benefits of social media advertising. And ultimately all the branding, community fostering and the lead generation takes you to one place: sales. More proof: more than 50% of small businesses agree social media helps them increase sales and within five years, 70% of them see ROI. The bottom line really is that no matter what you’re selling, social media can help you sell it.

TL;DR?

(Kind of) Everyone’s on social media and your business should too!

*Our trend source: The Digital Global Report 2020 by Hootsuite. Get it here 👈

**We took the “Which Friends character are you?” Buzzfeed quiz and yes, we got Chandler Bing!