We are creating a new workspace offering a range of practical support to freelancers, small local businesses and social enterprises.
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We work with local partners including Lewisham Council to deliver business growth support to SMEs via the Dek Growth Programme and Digital Grid Partnership, and specific support for creative businesses through ShapesLewisham.
Our strengths span entrepreneurship, business and management, and our academics have extensive experience providing consultancy and mentoring to businesses in every sector.
In particular, academic departments and spin-offs including the Institute of Management Studies, Institute for Creative & Cultural Entrepreneurship and i2 Media underpin our business support work.
Goldsmiths students and graduates have worked with companies across all business sectors through accredited placements, projects, and paid internships, many of which have led on to full-time employment opportunities.
Once completed, the Hub will offer access to flexible workspace for a number of local businesses and provide help and advice to hundreds more. Additionally, it aims to help create 80 new jobs through both direct employment and the growth support it offers to local entrepreneurs.
Reflecting the diversity of Lewisham, we are particularly keen to support local BAME entrepreneurs. Our aim is to engage at least 150 BAME-led ventures.
Building work will be completed in two main phases, beginning in January 2020. The exact sequencing of different aspects of the project is still to be finalised, but the Hub will be open for business from spring 2021.
Give your views
Goldsmiths has been seeking views within and beyond the College about how we can best use the facilities, networks and specialisms at Goldsmiths to achieve the aims of the Hub.
Surveys with students and staff have been complemented by design workshops attended by local business leaders and residents.
Future opportunities to get involved in shaping the design and programme will be advertised here – or sign up for updates by dropping us a line.
Finding out more
If you would like to receive updates about progress on the construction of the Enterprise Hub, drop us a line at a.crowther (@gold.ac.uk) and we will send you occasional newsletters. You can unsubscribe at any time by emailing us or clicking the link included in every newsletter.