Wealdstone wins again! Reaches shortlist for London “Creative Enterprise Zones”

Whitefriars Studios

• Harrow Council-led bid wins £50,000 for reaching shortlist

• Scheme to stimulate jobs and growth in creative industries

• Will now battle 10 other sites, with CEZ status for three

• Council worked with Westminster Uni, Colleges, ACAVA

Wealdstone has been shortlisted to become one of London’s new “Creative Enterprise Zones” – winning a £50,000 grant from the Mayor of London in the process.

Harrow Council, in partnership with the University of Westminster, Harrow College, Stanmore College and ACAVA, beat off submissions from all over London to reach the 11-strong shortlist. The development grant will be ploughed into proving that Wealdstone, with its historic links to industry and the arts, and its young, dynamic population, is a worthy winner for the workspace, support, skills-building and community it can provide.

Keith Ferry is a councillor for Greenhill ward, Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and portfolio holder for business and regeneration. He said:

“Helping young people into the jobs they want, in the industries they aspire to, in a place that they can call home… That’s what building a better Harrow is all about. We’re bringing the council to Wealdstone, we’re bringing a new town square and homes to Wealdstone – and this grant shows we’re serious about bringing jobs and a future to Wealdstone, too.”
                                               
Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said: “Artists and creative businesses around London breathe life into every corner of our city – but too often they find themselves unable to put down roots due to the spiralling cost of housing and workspace. This is a real problem that threatens to undermine London’s position as the world’s creative capital.

“Creative Enterprise Zones offer a real, practical solution to this problem – with the potential of locally reduced business rates, incentives to open up new spaces and initiatives that really value the contribution that creatives make to our capital. They will also bring new jobs to the area, encouraging local young people to develop careers in the creative industries.”

The revival of Wealdstone’s proud creative heritage is already well underway. Honouring the local traditions of Whitefriars Glass and Winsor and Newton – this week the town celebrates the launch of Whitefriars Studios. It brings new artists’ studios and gallery space on the very site of the former Winsor and Newton fine arts materials factory.

With three Creative Enterprise Zones up for grabs, Wealdstone’s bid will now focus on developing a full bid with the former Kodak and Winsor & Newton Factory sites at their heart. The final winners of the competition will be announced later this year.

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Notes to Editors


1 London’s creative industries – 2017 update: https://www.london.gov.uk/sites/default/files/working_paper_89-creative-industries-2017.pdf

• The Creative Enterprise Zones Prospectus can be found here: www.london.gov.uk/creative-enterprise-zones

• Previous press release: Mayor’s search begins for Creative Enterprise Zones across the capital: https://www.london.gov.uk/press-releases/mayoral/search-begins-for-creative-enterprise-zones