Impact Hub Brixton, the enterprise space inside Lambeth Town Hall, marks its first six months in operation this week [Friday, 26 September], with an open day to showcase what it has to offer the borough’s would-be entrepreneurs.
The Hub is inviting local freelancers, small businesses, start-ups and social ventures to spend the day at the “co-working” space, in a historic part of the Town Hall which has in the past been a courtroom, a dancehall and a social club. They will get the chance to tour the Hub, try out the hot-desking workspace and hear from some of the scores of Lambeth’s businesses who are based there.
The open day will coincide with similar events at the three other Impact Hubs across London, as organisers demonstrate the benefits of working alongside other entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. The Hub will also lay on breakfast and lunch – and finish the day with drinks for members and visitors.
The Lambeth Hub was officially launched in April, as part of the Council’s “Your New Town Hall” project, which includes a commitment to provide space for start-up businesses and other local enterprises within the iconic building. In addition to custom-built desks, the Hub offers meeting spaces, quiet working areas, a printer-scanner and lockers. The space is also available for events and hire.
In the first six months, more than 70 people signed up as members, with more in the pipeline. Membership rates are dependent on the hours used.
The Impact Hub is much more than a space – it is a community for sharing expertise, growing your knowledge, networks and contacts. It hosts regular events and workshops for local businesses and social ventures on a wide range of topics, from Social Start-Up events to Women in Business to Tech meet-ups to Made in Lambeth events, Black Histories & Black Futures, Creative Employment Programme and Ted X Brixton Kick Off, among others.
Councillor Jack Hopkins, Lambeth Cabinet member for Jobs and Growth, said: “The Impact Hub is a vital part of our commitment to developing new businesses and good jobs for the benefit of everyone in Lambeth.
“The Hub is doing a fantastic job, helping scores of Lambeth residents to develop their potential working alongside each other.
“I hope many more people will take this opportunity to see what the Hub can offer them, and to get involved with what is already a thriving part of Lambeth’s community.”
Hub member Andry Anastasiou, of Team Training, said she had been looking for “a workspace that felt relaxed and focused”.
She added: “I wanted to have greater interaction in a creative way with my local community. I believed that it would bring many opportunities for me and my business.
“That is already happening! It’s perfect for me.”
Tara Sundramoorthi, whose company Kitchen Table Projects aims to help food start-ups showcase their products on the High Street, said: “The Hub has been a fantastic place to grow my business.
“It’s wonderful to be part of a great community of creative, like-minded people in a really supportive, friendly environment. The Hub makes coming into work every day a pleasure.”
Gerald Vanderpuye, CEO and founder of BuyerDeck, a platform for Business-to-business (B2B) Sales reps involved in complex sales, said: “As a local Brixtonian I finally found a great co working space right in the heart of Brixton that brings together the start-up community. Love this place.”
The Impact Hub open day is a free event, but tickets must be booked in advance. Full details are available at: http://london.impacthub.net/.
Notes for editors:
Impact Hub Brixton is a pilot co-working space developed as part of Lambeth’s “Your New Town Hall” strategy, which will cut the number of core council office buildings from 14 to 2, to save at least £4.5million a year. The project also includes a commitment to provide space for start-up businesses and other local enterprises within the Town Hall itself.
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