Creative Enterprise West

Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZs) are a Mayor of London initiative, to support artists, makers and creative businesses in a targeted area. Hounslow secured funding through the scheme to foster a new CEZ Creative Enterprise West running from Chiswick Business Park to Sky in Osterley, including Brentford town centre to the south and going north to include Boston Manor and Gunnersbury parks, and Chiswick House and Gardens to the east.

Creative Enterprise West supports the local artist community, recognising the locality’s strength as a centre for the broadcast and film sector, and its unique combination of global creative industry giants and a wealth of smaller, independent creative businesses, entrepreneurs and practitioners. Creative Enterprise West now sits within WLB’s broader Screen Capital West programme and is supported by the CEZ Consortium, which includes University of West London, West Thames College, Sky, West London Chambers, Watermans/Creative People & Places as well as local businesses and creatives.

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Space

Unlocking affordable workspace for creative businesses is a priority. Work in ongoing with developers who are planning projects within the CEZ and a study has been commissioned into the types of workspace that are required (micro business co-working, rehearsal/production, creatives, etc) and their affordability.

Skills and Support

Through the project, specialist advice, guidance, training is available to individuals and start-ups in the creative industries. A support programme has been shaped working with the University of West London and West Thames College, coordinating with their respective qualifications in the creative industries.

Network

The Creatives Network brings together artists, makers, writers and designers, in media or digital from across borough to make connections, share opportunities, and develop a voice for the sector. The Network organises regular events with talks and demos, business development workshops, and collaborative projects. The CEZ’s cluster of multinational corporates in media, broadcasting and tech creates exciting opportunities to build capacities and make connections with smaller businesses.

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