A design studio and a company developing eco tyres for electric vehicles will be among the first firms to join Paddington Works, a new enterprise space to help over 200 creative start-ups, entrepreneurs and small businesses to develop and grow in Westminster.
The creation of the enterprise space is part of the council’s drive to support 2000 new and local businesses wishing to start and grow their business in Westminster, and Paddington Works aims to provide the most conducive environment to support creative micro businesses. It features state-of-the-art desks that encourage good posture and circulation, specialist lighting to prevent fatigue, and a sustainable air flow system with enhanced flow rate to boost productivity and avoid ‘sick building syndrome’.
Westminster City Council’s Deputy Leader Cllr David Harvey and The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Lindsey Hall, today joined business and cultural leaders at the official opening of the facility, next to the site of the old Paddington Town Hall.
Deputy Leader Cllr David Harvey, who also serves as Cabinet Member for Economic Development said:
“We want Westminster to be a place that attracts, nurtures and retains the next generation of entrepreneurial talent. Paddington Works will support this vision by proving a resource-efficient, comfortable and connected environment in which creative start-ups and small businesses can grow.”
Fernando Gutierrez, whose studio employs three designers serving a diverse range of clients, said:
“My profession has taken me to live and work in numerous countries over the years. I never imagined that I would come full circle, and be living and working in the same neighbourhood in which I grew up during the 1960s and 70s.
“One of the biggest attractions was forming part of the creative community that Paddington Works is nurturing. I’m hugely impressed with the way Paddington Works has focussed on creating a healthy and productive environment so that creativity can flourish in different industries.”
Paddington Works has been developed in partnership with Westminster City Council, with support from the Mayor of London, to offer entrepreneurial residents and start-up businesses in the creative industries a high quality, modern environment in which to grow.
The Lord Mayor of Westminster, Cllr Lindsey Hall, also unveiled a Green Plaque to commemorate the old Paddington Town Hall, at the junction of Hermitage Street and Harrow Road.
Paddington Works is at 8 Hermitage Street, London W2
To enquire about using the space, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 7221 0200.
Visit http://bit.ly/westminsterreds for more information or to apply to the Resident Entrepreneur Development Scheme (REDS).