A new space to grow business
BL-NK Curtain Road launched this week with a bang – thanks to all those who attended and made it a night of great fun and long overdue catch ups!
For those that couldn’t make it here is a little about the story behind this exciting initiative....
Marking the return of a unique Hackney Council venue created to support, promote and celebrate the local business community and located in the heart of the borough’s creative district, Shoreditch, BL-NK boasts over 4,500 square feet of versatile floor space over three storeys, purpose-built to showcase local businesses across all sectors while providing an affordable space to support small business growth.
BL-NK first emerged in 2013 following the award-winning Hackney House initiative, creating a temporary urban space to support nearby creative and tech companies, helping to nurture ideas and local culture. As a temporary urban space and open for just over year, BL-NK established itself on the Tech City landscape, used by a thriving business community and reflecting one of the most creative, commercial and technological clusters recognised nationally and across the globe.
Now located on Hackney’s Curtain Road, BL-NK is uniquely positioned in the centre of Shoreditch High Street, Old Street and London Liverpool Street train stations. In this prime position, BL-NK is able to cater for east end businesses across all sectors, from tech, creative and fashion, to retail and finance. As a platform to promote local projects to a regional, national and global audience, BL-NK will support businesses with their plans for growth, offering affordable space in a key central location, as a venue for seminars, presentations, meetings and networking while also acting as a launch pad for new projects and initiatives.
Jules Pipe, Mayor of Hackney, who launched the venue on Wednesday night said: “Hackney Council’s BL-NK venue is purpose-built to support business growth, helping to showcase east London’s broad creative and commercial community while giving entrepreneurs and start-up’s much needed affordable workspace. This fantastic new venue is ideally positioned for businesses to work together while promoting inward investment opportunities. BL-NK reinforces Hackney’s reputation as an outstanding centre of innovation while helping to create opportunities for employment, training and apprenticeships with the introduction of new businesses into the borough.”
The BL-NK venue will be open for five years and is being run at no cost to the taxpayer, funding will be generated by businesses and individuals using the space with any surplus being reinvested back into local business support.