The House offers a home for creative sector

    Tunbridge Wells Creative Sector
    (L-R) Ian Elwick, Martin Bouette, Dominic Johnson and Simon McArdle

    Members of the Tunbridge Wells creative sector were welcomed to the opening of ‘The House’ last week (September 30) – a new business which has been developed to rent out desk space to those within the rapidly growing industry.

    Among those who also attended the launch were representatives from both the county and borough councils, as well as members of MP Greg Clark’s office.

    In addition, project managers Simon McArdle, Dominic Johnson, Ian Elwick and Martin Bouette of Workspace Collaborations Ltd were on hand to showcase the project to potential clients.

    The four leaders said that they aim to provide residence to small businesses, individual creatives and training events within Tunbridge Wells’ creative industry.

    The two-year project has been a collaboration between Kent County Council, private companies and Tunbridge Wells Borough Council, who have said they will take on the role of ‘proactive landlord’.

    A third of the desk space had already been reserved prior to the viewing, with representatives from companies Miramedia and dating site Free and Single among the guests at the launch who had already started to move in.

    Nicola Billing from Miramedia explained that small companies were offered entire rooms upstairs, whilst the downstairs area was predominately a co-desk sharing area.

    Cllr Jane March, speaking on behalf of the borough council, praised the new development, saying: “We are pleased to be working in partnership with Workspace Collaborations Ltd and Kent County Council to develop workspace for local creative businesses.”

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