Hounslow has been successful in securing funding to develop its bid to become one of the Capitals first Creative Enterprise Zones.
The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan yesterday announced a shortlist of ten submissions from London boroughs that will each receive a share of a £500,000 fund, to develop their bids. Hounslow was one of ten submissions selected out of a total of 25 applications received. This new initiative, one of the Mayor’s manifesto priorities, will help creatives put down roots, establish themselves in local areas, attract new artists and creative businesses, and develop skills in local people.
The London Borough of Hounslow has London’s highest concentration of media and broadcasting jobs. The borough will now undertake research and develop action plans to help to formulate the council’s vision for its individual Creative Enterprise Zone. The council will then be invited to put bids forward for further funding in Summer 2018 to become one of three designated Creative Enterprise Zones later in the year.
The development grant will create a plan which looks at how to create better networks, linking local people with opportunities in multinational media companies. The plan will focus on affordable artist, maker and creative spaces, support local people to access creative jobs and promote Hounslow as a location for the creative sector to live and work. The plan will also include the formation of a consortium including Brentford High Street Steering Group, Brentford Chamber of Commerce, CPP Creatives Group, Hounslow Chamber of Commerce, Hounslow Economic Business Forum, University of West London, Watermans Arts Centre, and West London Business.
Councillor Samia Chaudhary, Cabinet Member for Green Policy and Leisure at Hounslow Council said: “This is a great boost for Hounslow! As the borough with the highest concentration of jobs within the media and creative industries in London, we are well placed to build on that foundation and promote ourselves as a Creative Enterprise Zone.
“We want to retain our creative talent and ensure that artists and creative businesses can continue to thrive here. Affordable studio spaces and artistic communities that nurture talent are essential to maintain this, so we are delighted that the Mayor has launched this initiative.”