We Made That is delighted to have supported four successful Creative Enterprise Zone bids, as announced last Friday by Mayor Sadiq Khan. Creative Enterprise Zones are districts of London in which targeted and tailored planning, investment and support activities for the creative and cultural industries will be delivered, supported by more than £11m of funding from the Greater London Authority. Together with Hatch Regeneris and Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy we worked with local authority partners, creative businesses, cultural organisations and educational institutions to deliver the research and action plan proposals for the following successful Creative Enterprise Zones:
Croydon Creatives: Croydon is fast becoming an attractive place for creatives with affordable space and great transport connections. Croydon Creatives will offer business rate relief for creative start-ups who locate in the Creative Enterprise Zone, studio subsidy for under 25 year olds, and start-up incubator with business support.
Hackney Wick & Fish Island: One of the most recognisable homes for creatives in the world, the Creative Enterprise Zone will enable artists to put down roots in the area. Planning rules will help develop a pipeline of affordable workspace with new initiatives helping local people access jobs. This will strengthen the links with East Bank on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
Shapes Lewisham: An emerging hub, Deptford and New Cross has no shortage of creative talent at institutions like Goldsmith’s University and Trinity Laban Conservatoire. The Creative Enterprise Zone will see ‘move on’ studios for graduates, with start up support and local studios opening up for community use.
Tottenham: An established cluster for fashion, film and furniture makers, the Creative Enterprise Zone will secure affordable space and warehouse living. It will upskill small and micro businesses and get local young people into creative jobs and manufacturing.
Read more about Creative Enterprise Zones and the successful bids here.