Brixton Economic Vision – Business Workshop

Written by Future Brixton team

September 28, 2015
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Lambeth Council is committed to developing an Economic Action Plan for Brixton. There is no doubt that the economy is growing, but how can we ensure that that growth benefits local residents? This is not something the Council can do on its own – our aim is to develop an action plan that we can deliver together.

To start the conversation we are running a series of workshops with our partners:

  • Young Lambeth Coop – A workshop to explore the aspirations of young people and opportunities for employment and enterprise.
  • Impact Hub Brixton and Brixton Pound – A workshop to explore the perspectives and priorities of Brixton’s social entrepreneurs and community groups, focusing on opportunities and challenges, additional support needs of local residents and businesses, and potential mechanisms to help deliver equitable growth.
  • Brixton Business Improvement District (BID) – A workshop to explore the perspectives and priorities of the business community, focusing on current performance, future opportunities and challenges, support needs (workspace and business support), and potential mechanisms to help deliver equitable growth.

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An Economic Action Plan for Brixton will look at examining the drivers of future demand and the potential for Brixton, the existing levels of workspace and retail provision in Brixton, the impact of future delivery on businesses, an ‘inward investment’ strategy, what existing local businesses and entrepreneurs require in terms of space and business support and alternative delivery models for “affordable” commercial space (for both workspace and retail). To follow on from the business workshop held on December 2 2014 at The Impact Hub. To follow on from that conversation a Brixton economic vision workshop will take place on Tuesday October 6 from 8.15am to 10.30am at Satay Bar, 447 Coldharbour Lane, Brixton, SW9 8LP.

The format of the workshop will be:

  • Quick introduction to Economic Action Plan
  • ‘Our Brixton’ – what Brixton is / means to people and how this should be articulated. What shared values can the council, businesses and the wider community sign up to collectively shape Brixton’s future
  • Ensuring Equitable Growth – what mechanisms can be put in place to help existing businesses and communities to access the opportunity? What interventions and projects are required to support this?
  • Taking forward delivery – the practicalities of delivering these responses (i.e what roles are partners willing to play). How can the Brixton community better work together to deliver the shared economic action plan?
  • The drivers of future demand and the potential for Brixton
  • The existing levels of workspace and retail provision in Brixton
  • The impact of future delivery on businesses
  • An ‘inward investment’ strategy
  • What existing local businesses and entrepreneurs require in terms of space and business support
  • Alternative delivery models for “affordable” commercial space (for both workspace and retail)

The Brixton Economic Vision will be prepared with support from Regeneris and We Made That. Regeneris are an economic development and regeneration consultancy, specialising in the provision of research led insights into the economies of locations throughout the country. We Made That is a young architecture studio delivering projects in the public realm. Whether through urban studies, public space masterplans or socially engaged development processes, they focus on successfully intertwining a research-based approach with design outcomes of the highest quality.

To attend the workshop click here and be a part of your conversation.

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