Portas visits Willesden

Mary Portas dropped into Brent’s Library Lab and visited the new pop up shops in Willesden which are part of a regeneration initiative by Brent Council.

The lab, which popped up in February, is in Willesden Green Library Centre (WGLC) and has recently added a crèche offering free professional childcare to parents using the space to work.

Residents and entrepreneurs can also drop by to use the free laptops or attend workshops and lectures aimed at career-minded people who need advice or support to start up a business.

The co-working space and crèche supports parents by providing a work or study area as well as helping them create ties in the community by building networks through the lab.

Brent Council’s Lead member for Regeneration and Major Projects Cllr George Crane said: “Brent identified the potential for the Library Lab to nurture local entrepreneurship but recognised the barrier presented by childcare. The new crèche will go some way to providing parents and guardians the opportunity to access courses, return to employment or start up a business.”

Mary also visited Queens Parade; a successful project that houses a selection of start-up businesses, such as a pop up vintage clothes shop, that have been given shop spaces in unused buildings to work from.

The Library Lab, crèche and parade of shops are being delivered for Brent Council and The Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund by Think Future, Architecture00 and Meanwhile Space.

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