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Creative Works… Creative minds

In September 2018 one of the most energizing and creative work spaces will be launched in E17. This, however, is no conventional workspace, it is a space providing young minds with the opportunity to nurture their talents. When ‘Creative Works’ opens, it will look to combine quality work spaces and superb support services for start-ups, to inspire the next generation of creative minds. It will also provide graduates of Big Creative Education (BCE) with incredible opportunities for work experience and career growth. Overall, the aim of ‘Creative Works’ is to facilitate the annual creation of up to 200 new jobs plus 100 new apprenticeship/internship opportunities, supported by an incredible team and expert training programmes.

This space will be home to 100 creative tenants and SME’s who will form a creative community of innovators, start up’s, freelancers and cutting-edge digital and marketing agencies. Creative Works will form part of Big Creative Education’s “Big Creative Village” in Walthamstow, a creative hub at the heart of the Blackhorse Lane regeneration area made up of Big Creative Training and Big Creative Academy providing education to 1000 young people in the creative and media industries.

…annual creation of up to 200 new jobs…

Creative Works is the brainchild of the inspirational, Alexis Michaelides, Founder ‘BCE’, and MD, ‘Big Creative Training (BCT). Alexis has been instrumental in supporting disadvantaged youth in the heart of East London for over 20 years. For the past 20 years, Alexis and his team have been transforming the Creative Industry by providing training and opportunities to young people. Not only are his team inspiring young creative minds through Big Creative Training & Academy (BCE), they are also achieving new heights with the opening of Creative Works, a workspace community for the 21st century.

In total, £250k has been invested into BCT via the Early Intervention Fund. The Early Intervention Fund was launched by CAN Invest in 2015 and together with UBS and Funding London, created a £1m Fund. The Fund aims to accelerate positive early intervention impact on communities and individuals in London. To date, the Fund has disbursed over £600k across 12 social enterprises supporting Early Intervention in East London. The creative co-work space has been supported with a £3.6m investment from the Greater London Authority (GLA), Charity Bank and Big Issue Invest.

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