There is exciting news to end 2018 as Deptford / New Cross is named as one of six Creative Enterprise Zones (CEZ) announced by the Mayor of London.
The successful bid for funding from the Mayor will help to ensure growth in the creative industries and that artists, creative talent and communities can thrive.
The six boroughs to be given support for artists, small creative businesses and local people are Lambeth, Croydon, Hounslow, Lewisham, Haringey, Hackney and Tower Hamlets. They will will be awarded a share of more than £11m to boost creative communities.
Lewisham is making the most of its current student and artist population to drive further growth. Our bid for Deptford and New Cross to become a CEZ included:
- Retaining creative talent from the boroughs education institutions, Goldsmiths and Trinity Laban, and in the local community through access and tailored support for employment and enterprise
- Increase affordable spaces for the fast-growing creative and digital cluster via Goldsmiths Enterprise & Innovation Hub, and opening 80 new artists studios by Second Floor Studios/Anthology
- Embedding development policies within the local plan and business rates, and identifying councils assets that can help the sector to thrive
Mayor of Lewisham, Damien Egan, said: This funding is great news for Lewisham. Thank you to everyone for working so hard on our behalf and to Sadiq Khan and the GLA for supporting us.
Were proud of our creative history and this money will help us support creative jobs and businesses in Deptford and New Cross.
A full press release from the Mayor’s Office can be found online and we look forward to updating you with developments on Lewisham’s Creative Enterprise Zone in 2019!