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Who We Are

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Together we are stronger

Hive Collective was co-founded by Nat Harrison and Carmel King.

Being self-employed, they missed being part of a team and having a work community.

They figured other people must feel the same.

To meet more business owners and bring them together to support one another,

they organised their first Hive event in 2017.


Carmel King Founder of Hive Creative Bus

Carmel King

Carmel King is a freelance lifestyle and portrait photographer. Having been a freelancer her whole professional life, she has worked with many emerging businesses as well as heritage brands, helping to establish an aesthetic and identity through images. She works on location and from her photography studio in East London.

Carmel is working on an ongoing project 'Makers & Manufacturers’ documenting craft and industry across the British Isles.

Find out more about Carmel

Nat Harrison

Nat Harrison is a Career and Business Coach working with small businesses, Start-Ups and entrepreneurs. After 10+ years being a coach, Nat’s passions lie with helping businesses achieve their goals, formulate strategies to manage expansion and change and become more successful.


Nat brings a wealth of practical business experience with her from running her own growing business and from her previous career as a technology programme manager in the City. Nat has been running her company Ayama Coaching since 2011 and an accredited coach with the ICF.

You can find out more about her in this interview with Nat

Our Mission

Our mission is to support business owners whilst growing their business.

We love creativity and innovation and champion small independents and local businesses. Working for yourself, it is important to build your confidence, stay motivated and overcome your fears.


Our aim is to provide inspiration, encouragement and practical advice.

Our Ethos

Our events are spaces to make useful connections, a safe place for honest conversations with like-minded people, who understand the self-employed lifestyle and mindset.

Hive Collective is a supportive community where we want others to succeed. 

We create a space for personal and business development.

Hive started in East London and has grown into a community of businesses that are now further afield. It doesn't matter where you are based, everyone is welcome.


​Take a look at our events, workshops and business support activities and we hope to meet you soon.

Nat Harrison founder of Hive East London

The Collective

One of our aims from the very start was to work with talented, like-minded business owners.

We are very lucky to have the help of these brilliant collaborators.

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Business Advisor & Creative Business Expert

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Bernadette Baksa Website Designer for Hi

Creative Director

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Hive Collective love to collaborate with other businesses and we would not be where we are today without the continued support of Dinghy Insurance and

William Morris Big Local.


If you would like to have a conversation about how your business could work with us, please get in touch. We’re always looking to connect and reach new businesses.

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