Birkenhead BID to provide vital funds for Wirral youth facility, The Hive

As a Founder Patron, Birkenhead BID will make a significant contribution towards the annual running costs of The Hive’s which has already attracted 6,000 young members. Tony McDonough reports

The Hive
From left, Joseph Scarth, senior town host, Hive CEO Stuart Barnes, Sharon Stanton of Wirral Chamber of Commerce and town host Mark Clemson at the Hive in Birkenhead


A purpose-built youth facility in Wirral has secured another high-profile backer in Birkenhead BID – bringing more vital funding to support thousands of young people across the borough.

As a Founder Patron, Birkenhead BID will make a significant contribution towards The Hive’s annual running costs, ensuring the Birkenhead facility can deliver its mission of providing young people in Wirral with “something to do, somewhere to go and someone to talk to”.

The Hive is funded through a combination of public and private sector funding and relies on patron support to secure 50% of its £1m annual running costs.

Birkenhead BID was set up with the support of local business to improve the promotion of the town as a visitor destination focused on four themes: cleanliness & attractiveness, safety & security, marketing & promotion, together with supporting businesses.

In recognition of Birkenhead BID’s patronage, The Hive presented a founder plaque to the organisation at a special ceremony held at the Youth Zone.

Speaking on behalf of Birkenhead BID, Paula Basnett, chief executive of Wirral Chamber of Commerce, said: “The work which both The Hive and Birkenhead BID carry out is very important for the future of the area. 

“Birkenhead BID has undertaken a number of key initiatives since its formation and there are clear indications that it has made a positive impact in making Birkenhead a better place, particularly in helping future generations who will be tomorrow’s entrepreneurs and will have pride in the town.”

The Hive has been purpose-built to provide young people with a safe and positive environment where they can enjoy a wide range of activities which include: learning new skills, raising their aspirations and realising their full potential.

It has already attracted more than 6,000 young members to-date and has been recognised by Birkenhead’s community police for helping to reduce anti-social behaviour in the surrounding area.

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