Pop Brixton’s affordable units are now FULL!
Written by Future Brixton team
October 15, 2015
Categories: Brixton Central, Business and enterprise, Jobs and training, Pop Brixton
Six months since it opened, ten out of ten of the affordable units at Pop Brixton are now occupied. Thirteen start-ups or social enterprises have been offered space costing between 20% and 50% of the market rent payable elsewhere in Pop Brixton.
This means small Brixton business, Donut Round, gets its first chance to have a shop; local charity, Sunshine International Arts, has a more central base for their community arts projects; and the Co-Pop collective of Lambeth designers and makers that have all graduated from the Tree Shepherd training scheme, share workshop and retail space.
Impact Hub Brixton has also moved from Lambeth Town Hall to their new home at Pop. This has been made possible by the Mayor of London’s High Street Fund, plus investment from Lambeth Council and Pop Brixton. As part of the funding the Impact Hub will create 15 new jobs, bring 50 existing members to Pop and 50 new members. You can read their full blog here.
A bit more about the new tenants
Some of the new tenants will run their business from the same container. Sharing their space are Container Records, Donut Round and Brixton’s Baddest. AfroRetro and Sunshine International Arts will work from one unit with Damn Beautiful Vintage, Restoration Brixton and Boom Bocs also together.
Co-Pop Forest Trade are a collective of Lambeth resident designers, fashion collectors and stylists who will be selling bohemian home interiors, flowers, vintage and import fashion, own-design fashion and jewellery, handmade skin products plus styling hair and applying makeup.
Bounce Back is a charity and a social enterprise focussed on training and employment of ex-offenders. They offer training, work experience and employment to offenders at the end of their sentences using the skills developed both in custody and on release.
Container Records is a new vinyl music outlet specialising in Electronic music (both Dance Music and Left Field/Experimental), Indie, Punk, Hip Hop, and other rare finds.
Donut Round is the only ‘made in Brixton’ hot fresh, tricycle-based donut business locally and a family run start-up which offering delicious donuts, training and mentoring from their base at Pop Brixton. All of the Donut Round ingredients are natural, including free range eggs and where possible, organic toppings.
Sunshine International is a leading artistic, educational and production carnival companies. S.i.A specialise in carnival arts that works extensively within local, regional, national and internationally. They run an arts-orientated community centre offering a range of carnival, food, arts and craft workshops and activities.
BoomBocs are handcrafted speaker systems all made in in London and use only high quality components, as well as recycled plastics and sustainable woods. All BoomBocs systems are powered from a high-capacity, rechargeable battery, allowing playback time of approximately 13+ hours.
AfroRetro are a Fashion & Make brand headed up by sisters Anna & Lilly. We fuse the best of our homelands, England and Uganda to create Uganglish inspired fashion, accessories, jewellery and gifts. Using upcyled, recycled and reclaimed materials alongside African Wax Print and British spun fabrics we create all our wares using ethical manufacturing processes.
Launched in 2006, Brixton based China Plate Theatre is an independent theatre studio that works with artists, venues, festivals and funders to make original, exciting theatre that plays with form and has narrative at its heart.
Broadcasting across the capital since 2011, Reprezent FM is the UK’s only radio station presented by young people under the age of 25. Their DJ’s and presenters work in the music industry, run their own clubs nights and produce their own.
Damn Beautiful Vintage is a photography creative studio/workshop where they lovingly restore old analogue cameras and generate visual public engagement initiatives, including those arising from operating within a community events space.
Restoration Brixton offer repair and finishing of mid-century and modern artefacts, whilst selling unusual items of value. They want to promote the culture or restoration which will encourage suitability through reviving, repairing and remodelling items.
Brixton’s Baddest is a start-up skateboarding shop that caters to the young adults in Brixton and Greater London. Their focus is to provide boards, shoes, apparel and rental of equipment for the local skate park users whilst providing amenities for the community. The amenities include guided skateboarding sessions, events such as film screening and urban art exhibitions with local artists.
Pop Brixton is the result of an exciting collaboration between Lambeth Council, Carl Turner Architects and The Collective. The council provided the land at no cost, subject to the project delivering local benefits to the community, including an agreement that ten units would be made available at reduced rents to support local start-ups, social enterprises or organisations that will have a positive social impact.
To read more then head to the Pop Brixton page.