My Creative Enterprise Zones are the UK’s first zones and are delivering 40,000 square metres of new, permanent affordable workspace, and skills, training and jobs for local communities across London.
The zones have been vital in sustaining local creative economies through the COVID-19 crisis, providing targeted rent relief, business rates grants and dedicated funding. Since March 2020, Zones have leveraged an additional £2.2 million, supported over 300 businesses and helped protect over 1,000 jobs.
In Haringey’s Zone, the Warehouse Living Policy is protecting established artistic communities and developing creative workspaces. A £500,000 skills project is supporting 130 local people and 38 small businesses.
As part of the Zone, the ‘Made in Tottenham’ initiative is a new local creative business directory enabling artists and small businesses to raise their profile, connect with jobs and build networks. During lockdown, local artists have been commissioned to improve the public realm as part of the Zone.
I am committed to building on Haringey’s success and will continue to support the Creative Enterprise Zone programme bringing forward opportunities for both current and new zones to support London’s creative industries to thrive.