The South Kilburn Studios on Canterbury Road, now an established creative and entrepreneurial venue, is to move from its temporary home.
The project offers co-working, event and studio space alongside a giveback scheme which means, instead of paying market rents, tenants pledge to deliver a range of community benefits. This includes traineeships, events, workshops or commercial time to support the ongoing regeneration of South Kilburn.
The studios are run by the South Kilburn Trust and their Chief Executive, Mark Allan, says: “We’re here to help local residents test out, launch a business idea and make their business happen. We can help with support, space, grants and advice, so if you’re looking to start a business, come to South Kilburn Studios!”
Later this year, the studios is set to move to the refurbished Granville Centre from its current portakabin home. The new enterprise and community space, known as The Granville, will provide a high quality work environment for studio tenants thanks to £750,000 funding from the Greater London Authority.
Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said, “South Kilburn has a proud heritage of creativity and establishing a new and improved enterprise and community space will enable budding entrepreneurs to continue to thrive and grow.”
Mark added, “The Granville will be a prominent feature of North West London, capitalising on the upward trend of business start-ups and the reputation of South Kilburn Studios as home to some of London’s successful budding entrepreneurs.”
Clean Bandit recorded their No.1 hit ‘Rather be’ for free at the Studios, in return for the band taking on local young people as apprentices. The band’s track “Extraordinary’ featured young vocalist Sharna Bass who they found through the mentoring project. “We met Sharna when she was really young through our studio space, a community project at South Kilburn Studios in North West London,” founding group member Jack said. “It’s an amazing project, you get the space for free if you give back your time to help the community by taking on a trainee. We took on lots of different people to become trainees in music production who ended up being singers on our album.”
Tony Lazare, CEO, London Basketball Association, says: “SKT provided us with a mentor Julian Hall, they’ve given us a great studio to work from. South Kilburn Studios is unique because you never know what’s going to happen in any given day in the studios. You’ve got a radio station here, a photographer, jewellery makers – it’s such an electic mix but yet there’s still room for more. We’re looking forward to the future.”
Studio tenant Deborah Besana, creator at award winning Deborah:B designs, says: “I’ve had access to grants, studio space and the opportunity to mingle with other studio tenants and we all help each other.” Deborah gives back to the studio and runs arts and crafts workshops for children.
John Morgan creator of Capsuleight, a women’s online clothing retailer, has been trading just under a year and is based in the South Kilburn Studios. John says: “The South Kilburn Trust have been fantastic and supported me with two business advisors (Julian Hall and Chris Rayner) to help me on my business journey. They also offer a brilliant course from the PopUpBusinessSchool, free office space and networking opportunities as well.”