Success for Creative Enterprise Zone bid
Tue 12 March 2019, 3:11 pm
Hounslow has become a ‘Creative Enterprise Zone’ (CEZ), one of six successful London boroughs of 25 which put in a bid to the mayor of London for the status and funding.
The initiative aims to promote the creative industries, support local entrepreneurs and artists, create jobs and boost training opportunities for young people, while providing more affordable workspace.
The funding for the Great West Creatives programme was awarded in part thanks to plans to build new relationships with Hounslow’s substantial creative sector.
In particular, it will strengthen networks with Hounslow’s multinational companies such as Sky, Disney and Paramount, and local SME and micro companies, as well as creating career pathways for the borough's young people.
These relationships will aim to boost work opportunities and support business growth.
The scheme will provide specialist support training to freelance and SME businesses to ensure young people and students from the University of West London can thrive within the creative sector. The programme will also support the development of production and studio space for the
Councillor Sue Sampson, Hounslow Council's cabinet member for leisure services, said: “It’s an exciting time ahead for Hounslow’s artists and small businesses who will have the opportunity to flourish thanks to this initiative.
“We very much look forward to seeing the creative sector shine in Hounslow, providing more jobs for our talented young people, opportunities for new businesses and room for growth and innovation.”