Westminster City Council announced the new extension at Great Western Studios.
Great Western Studios (GWS) is an enterprise space offering creative industry studio space in Westbourne Park, in the City of Westminster. The new extension creates more enterprise and employment space for a thriving cluster of over 150 creative businesses and 500 jobs.
Enterprise spaces offer the right environment and support for early stage and creative businesses. They create high quality and supportive workspaces for residents with entrepreneurial aspirations, job opportunities for local residents, and space for new and early stage businesses who aren’t in a position to afford mainstream workspace.
The council helped Great Western Studios build the studios on its new site in 2009 to help retain the creative employers in Westbourne Park. Since then, Great Western Studios has contributed to the vibrant creative industry in the area, generated employment opportunities and has made the canal a more pleasant place to work along. In addition, Great Western Studios has offered free space to Paddington Development Trust to operate from, as part of Great Western Studio’s aspirations to support the wider regeneration work of the area.
Cllr Robert Davis, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Business, Culture and Heritage, Westminster City Council said: “Westminster has the highest number of start-ups in the country and we want to continue to support them through our enterprise space programme. The Great Western Studios extension is playing a meaningful role in the council’s City for All pledge, by offering start-ups the right environment and help which is supporting the creative industries to grow in Westminster.”
Great Western Studios spokesperson said: “Great Western Studios is delighted to have worked with Westminster City Council to establish the studios at the current site. We are pleased to be growing the amount of space available for local creative businesses through our extension, and look forward to the local job opportunities that will be created by businesses.”
Neil Johnston, CEO of Paddington Development Trust said: “Without the council’s support, Great Western Studios would not have been able to move to its current site. We were pleased to be part of this process and are grateful for the space we work from at Great Western Studios – which is an inspirational experience for local residents to experience when visiting us.”
The council will continue to work with businesses, property companies and stakeholders to offer enterprise spaces across the city, which are vital to a thriving local economy and a benefit to all.
For more information about the Great western studio extension and to enquire about a workspace visit www.greatwesternstudios.com