Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charity Work Is Buzzing

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Charity Work Is Buzzing

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ALANDMARK 40-year-old Newcastle office development is launching a flexible working space for small charities, which is set to be a buzzing hive of activity.

MEA House, a five-storey building at Ellison Place in the heart of the city, is celebrating its 40th anniversary by opening HIVE@MEA House - an initiative which provides an affordable office environment especially for small charities, industrial and provident societies, community interest companies and other forms of social enterprise.

HIVE marks the latest chapter in MEA House's story, since its founder Mungo Campbell introduced the concept of housing charities under one roof in Newcastle city centre.

The development was officially opened by the Queen in 1974, to provide high-quality office accommodation at competitive rents below market rate, exclusively for charitable organisations.

The building, owned by registered charity MEA Trust, sees 50,000 people pass through its doors every year and has supported more than 50 organisations in its history.

Last year, MEA House extended its criteria to enable local community interest companies, industrial and provident societies and other forms of social enterprise to rent space there.

Now, the new HIVE@MEA House has made its home in the third floor of the building, overlooking the city, with space for six people to hire hot desks equipped with broadband, wi-fi and optional DDI telephone numbers.

There are three two-person offices available to hire within the unit, and all workers can benefit from a dedicated meeting room, a manned reception desk, virtual office assistance, storage facilities and a tea point, as well as opportunities to network with other organisations.

MEA Trust director Ann Wynn said: "The launch of HIVE marks a significant milestone in the history of MEA House.

"We're very proud to have accommodated such a wide range of charities over the past 40 years and we're still the only building in the city to offer these services. …

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