Zone for culture

Thu 20 August 2015, 4:28 pm

After a successful summer of artistic events to mark Barking and Dagenhamís 50th anniversary, the council has submitted a bid to the Greater London Authority's Regeneration Fund for the borough to become a creative industries enterprise zone.

If successful, this will boost the borough’s provision of affordable workspace for businesses working in the creative industries sector across a number of sites, and the plans also include affordable apartments for artists in some locations.

The deadline for the bid is 2 October and the council has said it is confident of its success.

David Harley, group manager for economic development and sustainable communities, said:  “East London is facing a severe shortage of space for creative industries, hindering the capital’s economic growth.  Our innovative approach is part of the long term plan to ensuring Barking’s full potential is unlocked.”

Harley pointed to the success of the Ice House Quarter, the home for those working in the creative industries sector, and initiatives to encourage community engagement in the arts such as Creative Barking and Dagenham and the Broadway Theatre – run by Barking and Dagenham College – as firm foundations for the borough to become a creative industries zone.

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