Mayor launches Creative Enterprise Zones in Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham, as Hounslow is reaccredited


• £800,000 is to be invested in nine zones across the capital to support jobs, training and create affordable studio space, this includes the ‘reaccreditation’ of the Creative Enterprise West Zone rooted in London Borough of Hounslow since 2019

• New funding will help support 5,000 young Londoners to enter the creative sector and create more than 25,000 sqm of new, permanent, affordable workspace

• Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing have been announced as the Mayor’s newest Creative Enterprise Zones, and boroughs are invited to apply for funding to become the next three zones

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced the expansion of his Creative Enterprise Zones programme with an investment of £800,000 to support thousands of jobs and create affordable studio space across the capital.

Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing in West London are to become the Mayor’s latest Creative Enterprise Zones, joining Croydon, Haringey, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham, Hackney and Tower Hamlets, as well as Waltham Forest which is creating a new zone.
All of the zones are to receive a share of £800,000 which will help support 5,000 young Londoners to enter the creative sector and create more than 25,000 sqm of new, permanent, affordable workspace for the sector by 2025.

The Mayor launched his Creative Enterprise Zones programme in 2018 and has invested £14m to help areas across the capital to support artists and creative businesses find permanent affordable space to work, provide support to new creative businesses and improve access to creative sector skills and employment. The ground-breaking initiative has already established nearly 1,000 creative apprenticeships, training and work placements across London, and by 2025 will have increased new, permanent, affordable workspace by more than 65,000sqm.

In the new zones, young Londoners will be supported to embark on creative careers through information and advice, work experience, practical training. The zones will also create new permanent, affordable artist studios and creative spaces in the community.
The Hammersmith & Fulham zone will establish a brand-new ‘Made in Hammersmith and Fulham’ hub, utilising a vacant high street shop to support creative entrepreneurs, makers and businesses with support, skills and training. They also aim to engage with 2,400 students through their tech and creative sector career programme and offer 90 training opportunities, through including work placements and apprenticeships.

The Ealing zone, in partnership with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation, will help increase creative employment opportunities across the borough, through working with young people and local businesses.  In addition, 30 local creatives will benefit from a small grants programme to develop community spaces, through murals, and public art installations.

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Our Creative Enterprise Zones are creating much-needed affordable workspace, jobs, new businesses and opportunities for young people at a time when the creative industries need our support.

“The zones have shown what can be achieved to help local communities and businesses, and I am delighted to be expanding the programme into Hammersmith & Fulham and Ealing.

“As the number of zones increases and investment across our capital continues, we will ensure that together we are building a better London for everyone.”’

Angelique Schmitt, CEO and founder of Kindred Studios in Hammersmith, said: “We are delighted to be located in a new Creative Enterprise Zone, this is exactly the kind of support our sector needs. It will help provide much needed artist studios in the borough, boost our profile and improve access to residents showcasing all the brilliant work of local artists and creatives.”

David Lunts, CEO, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) said: “Acton and Park Royal are home to some of the capital’s most interesting and creative artists, makers and producers. Establishing a new Creative Enterprise Zone will shine a light behind those industrial and studio doors, from fashion to films, not to mention some of the best food in London. As the Mayor’s development corporation for regenerating the area, we’re working to invest in and support local people and businesses. The Creative Enterprise Zone will help nurture talent and drive investment as this area grows.

Steve Cowan, Leader of Hammersmith & Fulham, said: “We’re working to transform Hammersmith & Fulham into a mecca for artists and creative businesses. Drawing businesses to the area and creating affordable work space is a major part of our pioneering Industrial Strategy.”

Peter Mason, Leader of Ealing Council, said: “One of our key pledges here at Ealing is to help deliver new jobs and spaces for local businesses and entrepreneurs to thrive and I’m delighted that Acton has been chosen as one of two new creative enterprise zones in London.

“This will create the perfect environment for artists and creatives to put down roots, grow and nurture the skills of local people for generations to come.”

Andrew Dakers, CEO, West London Business added: “Taken together the Creative Enterprise West, and now Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham Enterprise Zones, put West London firmly on the map as one of London’s creative heartlands. This is particularly the case in the film/ screen sector where West London is a global leader. This is why West London Business has incubated the Screen Capital West programme out of Creative Enterprise West to take a sub-regional approach to supporting the sector secure the space, talent, innovation and environmental sustainability tools to maintain its global competitiveness.”

For more information contact Bill Boler, Partnerships Director – Creative Enterprise West/ Screen Capital West (bill.boler@westlondon.com).