Coworking in E17: A hub for creative businesses
Creative Works is a brand new coworking space in E17 for creative businesses. We explore what makes this area so great, and how our new space can enable local businesses to grow.
Walthamstow has been associated with creativity for centuries. Williams Morris, famous textile designer, writer and social activist grew up in the borough in 19th century, and last year the E17 Art Trail showcased over 7000 local artists and studios. As a testament to its rich heritage in the arts, current cultural capital and growth potential, Waltham Forest has been named London’s First borough of Culture.
If you’ve visited Lloyd Park (one of the borough’s most-loved green spaces) you may have learned from one of the infoboards that the word Walthamstow actually means “Place of Welcome”. The name was first recorded around 1075 with the old spelling Wilcumestow. E17 has welcomed people from all walks of life for hundreds of years, and the sense of community stays strong to this day.
Our borough is brimming with new ideas and it’s a really exciting place to be right now, so it makes sense that coworking in E17 is becoming increasingly popular with creative businesses.
Key areas in E17
Walthamstow is situated between the North Circular Road to the north, the Lea Valley and Walthamstow Reservoirs to the west, and Epping Forest to the east. If you’re looking for where the action is from a business perspective, head to the the Blackhorse Road or Walthamstow Central area.
The centrepoint of E17 has everything you could possibly need, from supermarkets to the longest independent sellers market in Europe, to cinemas, restaurants and pubs.
Having fled neighbouring Hackney due to rising rents, Blackhorse Lane is a hotspot for artists and creatives. It’s a semi-industrial stretch that’s home to lots small businesses from various trades, industries and walks of life. It’s on the edge of Walthamstow Wetlands – a great place to visit at the weekend or for some rest bite during the working day.
Image by @Marcusjdl on Twitter.
Blackhorse Road regeneration project
Waltham Forest was recently awarded £1.36 million from the Great Place Scheme, an initiative supported by the National Lottery through Arts Council England and the Heritage Lottery Fund. Its aim is to put arts, culture and heritage at the heart of the E17 community over the next few years.
Blackhorse Lane iself received £1.1m from the Outer London Fund, together with £321,000 from Waltham Forest, to support the rich local economy of manufacturing industries and high street businesses. Investment is also going towards improving industrial building frontages in order to better reflect the area’s entrepreneurial spirit.
A brand new coworking space in E17
Creative Works on Blackhorse Lane offers freelancers, startups and larger businesses a space in which to innovate, create and grow. The idea to establish a coworking space in E17 for creative businesses was conceived by Alexis Michaelides, Founder and MD of local education institution Big Creative Training and Academy (BCE).
BCE has been nurturing the next generation of creative minds for almost 20 years, and now the vision has evolved to incorporate Creative Works – a place where the creative minded can make their dreams and aspirations a reality.
One of the things that sets Creative Works apart from other flexible workspaces in London is that it is so much more than just a ‘workspace’. Members become part of a network of like-minded people and have the opportunity to participate in some amazing initiatives. For example, businesses who agree to take on a BCE apprentice are awarded with a free deskspace.
Creative Works opens in December 2018 and viewings are taking place now.
Creative Works residents can choose from a range of desk and office options to suit their individual requirements…
You can use CW on an ad hoc basis for £20 a day. Alternatively, become a Club member and benefit from five days of desk space a month and a whole load of other perks.
Coworking / Dedicated desk
For £200 a month, you can rent a full-time desk, complete with WiFi, 24/7 access and all the mod cons expected from a workspace these days.
A crossover between a coworking desk and an office – there are many to choose from in different parts of the building so come and have a look around.
This is the best option for creative teams who want their own space. Desks cost £350 per month – that’s £200 less than the average cost of a workspace in London!
Which brings us to the location. Creative Works is one minute away from Blackhorse Road Station on foot. The Victoria line will get you to King’s Cross in just under 15 minutes and Oxford Circus in around 20 minutes.
Embrace Walthamstow’s creative spirit and become a Creative Works member – we’d love to have you on board!