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Brand-new business enterprise hubs

Three brand-new business enterprise hubs will be opening in Catford, Deptford and Lewisham town centres in October 2015.

The enterprise hubs will create high quality, fully furnished and serviced co-working spaces in Catford, Deptford and Lewisham town centres. The hubs are designed to promote the growth of start-ups, entrepreneurs and existing businesses, primarily working in the creative, digital media, business and social enterprise sectors.

Over the past twelve months we have been working with Tom Fleming Creative Consultancy to carry out in-depth feasibility studies to establish the business case and initial design for the hubs within three council-owned buildings.

The spaces themselves will be designed by Studio Tilt, one of the leading design practices for co-working spaces. The largest of these hubs will be the Catford hub which will be situated on the 5th floor of the former Town Hall building in Catford. At the same time a new creative workspace centre will also be created on the 4th floor of the Town Hall building.

The two smaller hubs will be in central Lewisham on the ground floor of the former Ladywell Leisure Centre (pictured) and in Deptford which will be sited within the Deptford Lounge.

What will they offer?

All three hubs will provide affordable, co-working spaces for rent which will help to create a new vibrancy and buzz for enterprise in the heart of Lewisham’s main town centres. They will also be a major component to our overall strategic aim that by 2023 'Lewisham will be one of the fastest growing parts of the London economy'.

Local entrepreneurs and businesses will be able to access space and facilities across the network including:

  • advice and support for start-ups
  • intensive mentoring and practical advice
  • fixed working for larger organisations
  • co-working space
  • events and workshops
  • meeting rooms
  • touchdown working

 

The Catford hub

As the largest of the three hubs, the Catford hub will also be the headquarters for the hub network and occupy 950sqm of office space. It will also provide co-working space, small business units, space for workshops, networking, and meetings, and a cafe.

The Deptford hub

Located within the Deptford Lounge, the Deptford hub will be located in 50sqm, and will provide free touchdown working, small events, business start up support and meeting rooms.

The Lewisham hub

The Lewisham hub will be situated on the ground floor of the 'pop up' housing development on the former Ladywell Leisure Centre in 220sqm of retail space. The hub will provide high street visibility and touch down working.  

Get in touch

We are keen to consult with local businesses on the design and development of the hubs which are due to open on 1 October 2015.

Email: economicdevelopment@lewisham.gov.uk to find out more about the hubs and to register your interest in renting a work space.