We’ve taken some time out to catch up with a few of our tenants – Dan Sweeney the founder and owner-director of Minotaur Software, a bespoke cloud-based software provider is next in line.
Introducing Minotaur Software
Minotaur creates fully bespoke cloud-based software for clients across a variety of industries. Its flagship software product is EVA, electronic vehicle assessment software, designed for the vehicle insurance assessor industry. This is used country-wide as well as by local Weston firm, AIA Assessors.
Dan is originally from Bolton in Lancashire. His career took him to Cheltenham where he taught himself software development. These new skills then landed him a job in Weston where he stayed for 12 years before setting up Minotaur Software in 2011. Dan says, “When I started out I had one employee. There are now five of us, and the company’s been based at The Hive since 2017. Over the years we’ve taken on five apprentices, all through Weston College. This helped us to expand while giving them the on-the-job training they needed.”
Why The Hive
Dan explains, “The Hive offers a ‘plug-in and go’, fully-serviced office environment. Even as a new business you can pretty much just turn up, plug-in and get to work. We used to be based at an office building in Worle. It was great and we moved twice to cope with our gradual expansion. But when we needed even more space, their offer didn’t suit so we relocated to The Hive which had just been built. We initially took a corner office. When two adjacent offices became available, they agreed to remove the partition wall to create our ideal space. All this while on a 12-month contract – far shorter than most commercial leases. It was great to find such an accommodating team.”
Dan mentions other benefits including the Internet speed meaning that Minotaur enjoys great connectivity. He also praises The Hive’s welcoming reception area (staffed during office hours so no-one has to wait to get let in) and the excellent site security, from the carpark to the fob-access floors and offices.
Dan adds, “Location-wise, it’s in a great spot on the edge of Weston. We don’t get stuck in the M5 commuter traffic and school runs and the rush hour don’t really affect things. In short, The Hive is a very professional outfit with a lot going for it. Kitchens, showers, meeting rooms, post deliveries, it’s got everything we need.”
What’s next for Dan and the team at Minotaur? “Various ideas are on the table. If certain projects take off, further expansion might be on the cards next year. I prefer to take each day as it comes and not to take on too much at once. Progressive, organic growth is how we’ve always expanded. The Hive offers a much better package than other offices we’ve rented and I’d recommend it to any new or established small business.”
Dan’s Hive Five
- The reception area gives a great first impression
- The whole outfit is very professional
- The Hive’s management are really helpful
- The building is clean and tidy at all times
- Business advice services are there if needed