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Impact Hub Brixton opens its doors in Lambeth Town Hall

Impact Hub Brixton, the new enterprise space inside Lambeth’s iconic Town Hall, will open its doors to the borough’s businessmen and women this week (April 11).

Shadow Business Secretary Chuka Umunna will attend the “Hub in a Day” event, designed to showcase the facilities the co-working initiative will offer to entrepreneurs from across the community, to help establish and develop their businesses.

Mr Umunna, who is Labour MP for Streatham, said; “Impact Hub Brixton is a fantastic initiative all about ambition for our people and for our area – creating the space needed for local entrepreneurs and start-ups to grow and expand collaboratively instead of in isolation.

“Impact Hub Brixton will seek to build on the talents of all, harnessing our area’s unique strengths and entrepreneurial zeal to make the most of our potential, helping to build a prosperous Lambeth of good jobs and strong businesses.”

The Hub is part of Lambeth Council’s plans to open up the Town Hall to local community groups and businesses, including start-ups and social enterprises. It will offer flexible access to “hot-desking” office facilities on a membership basis, for up to 60 people at a time.

Over 50 entrepreneurs have already expressed interest in joining or partnering with the Impact Hub, after organisers held a series of workshops in the space, which once served as a courtroom, a dancehall and a social club. Several have also signed up to help to establish the Hub and “bring the space to life”.

Life coach Deborah Asante, who will run a session on the Hub’s opening day, said: “I grew up in Lambeth and I’m excited by the idea of a space like this in Brixton, where I can work and co work with lots of different people with different inspiring ideas and businesses.

“I think that energy in itself is inspiring and then there’s the potential for collaboration and sharing. My work as a facilitator is quite nomadic and to have a fixed creative space I can work in – that’s not my home – will benefit me, my work and my clients as well.”

Tobi Lawal, whose company “Tribethink” supports business start-ups across London and beyond, said: “I grew up in and around Lambeth and live here now. I am really keen on helping people and businesses that haven’t had any kind of formal business training or prior commercial experience.

“When thinking is challenged and collaboration encouraged amazing things can happen, and it is great that this is now on my doorstep at the Hub Brixton. I’m excited to be a part of it and looking forward to contributing to its story.”

Lambeth’s Impact Hub will be part of a network of over 40 Impact Hubs around the world including three in London. In addition to custom-built desks, the Hub will have facilities including a meeting-space, quiet working areas, a printer-scanner and lockers. The space will also be made available for events & hire.

Membership packages are expected to range from £45 plus VAT to £250 plus VAT per month, depending on the hours used. The Hub also hopes to provide additional support, including discounted space, for Lambeth’s young entrepreneurs and graduates.

Councillor Jackie Meldrum, deputy leader of Lambeth Council and Cabinet Member for Employment & Enterprise, said: “The Town Hall is Lambeth’s flagship building, and it is vital that we get the maximum use out of it for everyone.

“The Impact Hub is an exciting opportunity for our entrepreneurs to take their growing businesses off their table at home and bring it into a creative, diverse, hot-desking location in the heart of SW2.”

The Impact Hub will be based in the Grade II listed building on a trial basis as part of the Your New Town Hall project, which will cut the number of core council office buildings from 14 to 2, to save at least £4.5million a year. The plan, which will dramatically reduce the number of office buildings occupied by the Council, includes a commitment to provide space for start-up businesses and other local enterprises within the Town Hall itself.

The launch event will take in a yoga session, talks from experts on business start-ups and life-coaching, and a lunchtime panel discussion on collaboration. It will finish with a dinner party. Further details are available at http://impacthubday.eventbrite.co.uk/.

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Contacts

Kristina Glushkova

Impact Hub Brixton

07545770779

kristina.glushkova@gmail.com

Brian Brady

Media Office

London Borough of Lambeth

020 7926 8412

07792 049781

bbrady@lambeth.gov.uk

Notes for editors:

Impact Hub Brixton has already attracted a wide range of local entrepreneurs who have confirmed their interest in taking an active role in the initiative. They include:

Deborah Asante, Coach and Facilitator:

“I grew up in Lambeth and I’m excited by the idea of a space like this in Brixton, where I can work and co work with lots of different people with different inspiring ideas and businesses.

“I think that energy in itself is inspiring and then there’s the potential for collaboration and sharing. My work as a facilitator is quite nomadic and to have a fixed creative space I can work in (that’s not my home) will benefit me, my work and my clients as well.”

asantecoaching@gmail.com

www.asantecoaching.com (site under construction)

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Tobi Lawal, of Tribethink, which works work with start-ups and SMEs to build their business, innovate and grow.

 

“I grew up in and around Lambeth and live here now. I am personally really keen on helping people and businesses that haven’t had any kind of formal business training or prior commercial experience.

 

“The best ideas and the greatest change happens when people are brought together.

 

“When thinking is challenged and collaboration encouraged amazing things can happen, and it is great that this is now on my doorstep at the Hub Brixton. I’m excited to be a part of it and looking forward to contributing to its story.”

 

www.Tribethink.net

 

@Tobi_lawal

 

@Tribethink

 

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Karl Hall and Vicki Hopkins, of AGT, an IT Support company based in Vauxhall, South Lambeth:

“Impact Hub Brixton presents an exciting new way of bringing the Lambeth community together to realise a new working space where ideas and collaborations can form, and we are very proud to be working with the team.

“Alongside our commercial company we have also set up a social enterprise, AGT Social, seeking to provide much needed affordable/free IT services to lower-income communities with the aim of increasing social, employment and educational opportunities. AGT Social was born out of AGT’s regular annual free Laptop Clinic at the Lambeth Country Show.”

http://www.agt.uk.net

http://www.agtsocial.uk.net

hello@agt.uk.net

hello@agtsocial.uk.net

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Rebekah Ford, an illustrator, web designer, developer and DJ:

“I’m excited about the hub as I have been a Lambeth resident for over 20 years and on the rare occasions I have worked in the borough I’ve really felt like I belong.

“The hub is going to be a fantastic opportunity to network and work alongside interesting and enthusiastic people.”

info@rebekahford.co.uk

www.rebekahford.co.uk

 

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