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Since announcing that South Kilburn Trust in partnership with Brent Council had secured funding to develop the Granville Centre into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space, we have held two well-attended consultation events in partnership with Brent Council and the project architects, RCKA.

At the first event on the 24th May, we gathered as much feedback, ideas and suggestions from residents, local organisations and businesses to help us shape the development plans for the building - this event went very well. The ideas gathered from this event were all carefully considered taking into account their feasibility. Some of the ideas were then presented to the community at the You Said / We Did event that was held on the 14th June. RCKA presented how your ideas and comments on the proposals for the space had been incorporated into the plans for the design and layout of the building, and we received further feedback about what was proposed. We are now working with RCKA to finalise plans based on the feedback that was provided at this event.

We know that not everyone was able to make it to both events, but we know it is important that we involve the community, as much as possible, in the decision making process and share plans with everyone. Here are the exhibitions boards that were on display at the last You Said / We Did event.

 

 

We aim to keep you informed of the progress at every step of the development, you can sign up to our newsletter by emailing comms@southkilburntrust.org and by following us on our social media platforms to stay up to date with the developments. You can also check out our Enterprise Hub page. If you have any questions about the project please email hello@southkilburntrust.org.uk or call 020 7328 1199. If you are interested in the hiring a business place, please visit www.southkilburnstudios.org

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Are you really ready to start a business? Do you need someone to talk to about your business or business idea? Starting a business isn’t easy, in fact, we know that it can be so difficult that the process actually puts you off going down the business route. Not to worry - we have a solution. Introducing Chris Rayner, South Kilburn’s latest response to the growing thirst for business in South Kilburn and beyond.

Chris has spoken exclusively to us about who he is, what he is doing at the Trust and how you can get amazing free, yes, FREE business advice.

Hi Chris, could you tell us about the service?

We have a business advice drop-in service, you can come and discuss your with a business advisor one-to-one. We can go through anything at all; your pitfalls, risks, queries, rules and the regulations. Anything you want to ask, we’ve got experience from starting a business from scratch and of all the problems and pitfalls so we try to give you a practical and intelligent guide to running a business.

When did the service become available to South Kilburn Residents?

It’s been available for a little while now (and still is). We are working with South Kilburn residents especially Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) residents but the service is available Brent-wide as well as South Kilburn specifically.

What do you do?

We try to introduce a number of rolling programmes, workshops, networking events (industry specific) and a set of seminars on business basics. We also have the South Kilburn Studios that are subsidised or free to use. The Studios are also a space that people can come and work in and is also open to the community. We are trying to marry enterprise with the employment initiatives that South Kilburn Trust have and also create a sense of community by bringing everything together without defining it overly.

What we are trying to be is approachable and we are very good at listening.

What kind of individuals and businesses would you typically see?

Well, there isn’t really a typical type of individual or business. People usually start off with having an interest or a hobby. They usually start off with an idea - they see a gap in the market. Certain sectors are favoured; there are people in fashion, music, catering and food, tee-shirts, cupcakes and graphic design. It can be absolutely anything at all; service industry, manufacturing…we will work with anything and everything.

What would you say to somebody who just has an idea, has never had a business and is probably still working?

We deal with pre-start people, people who just have an idea and want to ask a few questions. Business isn’t for everyone but at least we can give you a reasonably pragmatic, impartial opinion and tell you roughly the right direction to go. We can probably save you some money as some advice will tell you to spend on things you probably don’t need to spend money on. That’s what I wish I had when I started.

You can also come if you’ve already started your business or if you’ve been in business for years. We pretty much can deal with absolutely anything.

How long can you support people for?

It’s ongoing. (Yes, that’s correct - unlimited business support).

Can you tell us about the background of BHP contract?

BHP (Brent Housing Partnership) have allocated some resources to the South Kilburn Trust to support their residents to start a business. That support is ongoing. Brent Housing Partnership are looking for engagements with people who want to start a business and within reason, they are leaving it up to us. 

Julian is also a Business Advisor and so are you, what’s the difference between the two of you?

We’re pretty much the same. Julian is excellent and has been advising for a while and he deals mostly with the South Kilburn Studio tenants and I’m dealing with the new studio tenants. I’m here three days (Brent-wide) and he is here one day a week.

I’m here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 - 5pm. I’m usually at South Kilburn Studios. 

Drop-in is tricky as I can be away for meetings but you can still drop-in. The best thing to do is to contact me by email to book a slot and we can meet at South Kilburn Studios. 

I will talk to absolutely anybody within our remit and go through everything. I’ve been through it all myself so I understand how it is when you start out or are already in business.

What’s your background in a nutshell?

I worked for a large organisation for 10 years and then my wife who’s a designer, started a fashion business. We went into business together to sell her collection directly. We started by selling to some shops and only started to make money after about 5 years. After 15 years we were turning over 3 million a year and had 50 employees. We then sold the business in 1999/2000.

Would you like free business advice? You can contact Chris on chris@southkilburntrust.org or call him on 07469 660 883. Drop-in to South Kilburn Studios, 2A Canterbury Rd, NW6 5SW.

Check the website for a full list of services. Follow South Kilburn Trust on Twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.

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Scores of South Kilburn residents, local organisations and businesses flooded the Granville Centre to hear about the plans to develop the facility into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space. The consultation event, which took place at the Granville Centre from 2pm-8pm on the 24th May, successfully captured the opinions of local people about the proposed plans and facilitated the exchange of ideas about how the space will be used, look and feel.

The event held by Brent Council, South Kilburn Trust (The Partnership) and architects RCKa, showcased visuals of the plans, whilst a walk and talk through the proposed business space gave attendees a real sense and feel of the proposals. RCKa architects were on hand to give one-to-one Q & A sessions and engaged attendees in a variety of practical activities that got their creative juices flowing.

Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan, said “The proposed plans for the Enterprise Hub and Community Space were generally met with positivity with many local people expressing excitement about the centre being brought back to life. There was also a lot of enthusiasm about the opportunities that will become available to the wider community as a direct result of the redevelopment.

“We are very pleased that the community took the time out to attend this significant event and contributed so passionately to proposals – we hope that there will be even more excitement once the refurbishment is brought to completion and the community see some of their ideas come to life.”

Richard Barrett, Brent Council’s Head of Estates Regeneration, said, “We are very pleased with the turnout for the consultation event. The transformation of the Granville Centre into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space will create much - needed long term opportunities in the area, which will not only boost the local economy but also highlight the entrepreneurial spirit of South Kilburn.

“Information gathered from the consultation will be presented to the project board to in turn inform various aspects of the Granville Centre design. Local people that didn’t attend the event but still wish to view the plans and have their say can do so by visiting the consultation website up until the 2nd of June. The Partnership would like to thank everyone that attended the event, your support and insights have been invaluable.”

The plans for the Granville Centre come after a successful joint bid by South Kilburn Trust and Brent Council to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for a grant of £749,058 to maximise the workspace and maintain community use. The refurbishment will make the Granville Centre more accessible for disabled people, as well as create new opportunities for training and employment for local people, something at the heart of our objectives to support the long-term positive change in South Kilburn.

The exhibition boards detailing the proposals can be viewed and commented on online at: http://granville.rcka.co.uk

For more information about the development of the Enterprise Hub and Community Space visit: http://www.southkilburnnw6.london/hub

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South Kilburn Trust (SKT) proudly champions the growth and support of local business and enterprise, so we are particularly proud to see that one of our very own entrepreneurs is stepping into the spotlight and is on a very promising path to a successful business.

Meet Beach Society, a new luxury footwear brand founded by local entrepreneur and South Kilburn Studios tenant, Michelle Bailey. This year she has launched a range of unique wedged summer shoes that are not only stylish but practical too. Inside each shoe there is a cleverly designed and beautifully concealed compartment perfect for keeping credit cards, lipsticks and jewellery. What’s more, the straps come with five interchangeable styles that allow you to change your look without having to buy another pair. Very clever.

“I came up with the idea whilst on holiday,” says Michelle, whose personal experience and love of style is the driving force behind her creation; Michelle struggled to find a stylish high-heeled wedge when she was going on holiday and she knows all too well the price of carrying too many shoes when travelling - this was the springboard for Beach Society.

Michelle has put a lot of thought into her design by not only making the shoes cost-effective but also safe to wear. “When we designed the shoes we wanted to make them safe to wear by the pool and on boats, so we used Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) for maximum comfort and support. This material is also environmentally friendly and is anti-slip”, says Michelle.

The sophisticated design will also add a touch of French Rivera elegance to any outfit but the prize is the ability to add to your height and keep your cards and lipstick secure, making Beach Society wedges a wise purchase for any style enthusiast. The first Beach Society wedges will feature up to fifteen customisable designs and offer the opportunity for fashionista’s to create exclusive custom designs.

’We are the only company who design wedges with a hidden compartment and interchangeable straps. Our shoes actually save you money, as one pair will buy you several different looks.  We also custom make straps upon request. The hidden compartment is an added bonus. It’s all too easy to loose your jewellery in the water and also to thief’s who target your belongings. Our shoes are not a wall safe but thieves are more likely to target your bag than your shoes,’ says Michelle.

Starting a business has never been easy but with the support of South Kilburn Trust who provided Michelle with studio space at the Trust run South Kilburn Studios, Michelle has been able to successfully start her own fashion business. “Without the support of SKT I would have to work from home. Working alongside other creative business is also a benefit”, she adds. Michelle has also worked with the Trust's resident Enterprise Advisor, Chris Rayner, who has guided her on her venture.

When asked what her top tip was for someone with an idea they want to turn into a business, Michelle said: “Go for it. I know it sounds like a cliché, and believe me it is easier said than done, but in the end what’s the worst that can happen?”

Congratulations Michelle!

You can buy the new collection at www.coconautical.com

Follow Beach Society on twitter @BeachSociety 

If you are a South Kilburn resident with a business idea, thinking about starting a business or just starting out, get in touch with us to find out about the many ways we can support you on your business journey.

We also have a special programme for BHP tenants that live in St Raphael’s estate. For more information about this programme call 07469 660 883 or email chris@southkilburntrust.org

Call us Monday to Friday from 9.30am-5pm on 020 7328 1199 or email us anytime at hello@southkilburntrust.org. Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news. 

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Did you know that Brent Council in partnership with the South Kilburn Trust were recently funded £750,000 by the Greater London Authority (GLA) to transform the Granville Centre into an Enterprise Hub and Community Space?

We are currently planning what this will look like and are inviting South Kilburn residents, local businesses and organisations to come and have their say about the development of the new Enterprise Hub and Community Space. The consultation event will allow local people to come and hear all about the plans, share ideas and help shape proposals.

The event will be taking place at the Granville Centre on the 24th May from 2pm – 8pm. You can book your place here: http://bit.ly/2psvYcl. Food and refreshments will be available.

If you are unable to attend, exhibition boards can be viewed and commented on online at http://granville.rcka.co.uk between the 24th May to 2nd June 2017.

What’s happening at the Granville Centre?

Together with Brent Council and the Mayor of London, South Kilburn Trust is excited to start the development of what will be the new Enterprise Hub and Community Space in South Kilburn. The Trust plans to make the new Granville Centre safer and more accessible for disabled people. Most importantly the new centre will create new opportunities for training and employment, something at the heart of our objectives to support the long-term positive change in South Kilburn.

Want more information? There’s more information about the project here or you can email emma.sweeney@brent.gov.uk

 

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This summer South Kilburn Trust in partnership with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will start an 18-month project to get locals over 50 into employment. 

South Kilburn, though a relatively new local charity, has been successfully working with residents groups, organisations and businesses to support long-term positive change in South Kilburn. The over 50’s employment programme is just one of the programmes we will start this summer.

This programme comes out of the national initiative to reduce the number of over 50’s on benefits and suffering financial hardship. South Kilburn Trust has secured funding in order to deliver the DWP’s Flexible Support Fund (50+) programme to South Kilburn residents. 

‘This programme comes with much excitement as we really hope to improve not only the financial but the mental and physical well-being of residents over 50’s. They are often forgotten when it comes to employment so this is a welcomed opportunity to provide the much-needed support and guidance to this group of people who still wish to work.’ says Lauren Baily, Employment and Enterprise Strategic Lead at South Kilburn Studios.

Residents who meet the criteria (50+ and claiming JSA) will be placed into work experience placements and supported into paid sustainable employment. 

The service will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the SKT Employment and Enterprise team at the South Kilburn Trust office. Employment advisors will help candidates with CV writing, interview preparation, job applications, career coaching, digital upskilling and access to ring fenced job opportunities. 

Eligible residents can also access the programme via the Job Lounge on Thursdays at the South Kilburn Trust office, Carlton Hall.

For more information about the SKT Over 50’s Employment Programme or if you would like to sign up to the programme, call 0207 328 1199 or email barbara@southkilburntrust.org and tina@southkilburntrust.org. Drop by the SKT office at South Kilburn Trust, Carlton Hall, Canterbury Terrace, NW6 5DX. Alternatively visit; www.southkilburnnw6.london

Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.

 

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Did you know that South Kilburn Trust offers a free legal advice service for South Kilburn Residents – ASK (Advice South Kilburn)? Whether it’s just a question, real concern or a pressing problem we are here to help.

You are not alone if you have concerns about debt, housing, benefits, family, employment or your rights as a consumer. With support from legal advisors, you can rest assured that the service will seek to properly assess your situation and find ways in which to support and help you to resolve them. 

It is our goal to ensure that we are not helping you to overcome any legal issues but we are also helping you to improve your quality of life. 

We also know that if you are thinking or dealing with a legal issue then you are likely to be stressed about it too. Join us for our free Stress Relief Workshop, so you can learn techniques to overcome stress. Sometimes it is as simple as making very small changes or getting a better understanding of your stress in order to overcome it, so why not come on the 26th April to learn more and make the improvements for a stress-less summer.

For more information about the ASK service, every Wednesday 10AM-12PM visit South Kilburn Trust at Carlton Hall. To find out more, or to join the free Stress Relief Workshop on the 26th April at 2PM-4PM also at Carlton Hall, contact Nilufer on 07436 102924 or email nilufer@southkilburntrust.org/

Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.

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The Greater London Authority (GLA) has pledged £750,000 from the London Regeneration Fund for the refurbishment of the Granville Centre. The funding secured will finance the transformation of the facility into a purpose-built Enterprise Hub and Community Space, as part of the on-going regeneration of South Kilburn.

The funding comes after a successful joint bid by Brent Council and the South Kilburn Trust (The Partnership) and will accelerate plans for the venue to house up to 30 businesses that currently reside in the iconic South Kilburn Studios (SK Studios). Refurbishment plans also include the creation of affordable community space for use by residents, community groups and local organisations, as well as adaptations to the building to make it safer and more accessible for disabled users. 

The Partnership aims to primarily support start-up businesses in South Kilburn. 

Councillor Shama Tatler, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Growth, Employment and Skills said “The regeneration of South Kilburn aims to deliver not just new and better quality housing but also social infrastructure and community services. South Kilburn has a proud heritage of creativity and establishing an Enterprise Hub and Community Space will enable budding entrepreneurs to thrive and grow. We are delighted in securing the funding from GLA so we can press ahead with this development working in partnership with The South Kilburn Trust and all other key stakeholders.”

Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan, said, “This is great news, the GLA funding has brought us one step closer to realising our vision of creating a sustainable workspace and affordable community space in the heart of South Kilburn. The Partnership is hopeful that the Hub will be a prominent feature of North West London, capitalising on the upward trend of business start-ups and the reputation of South Kilburn Studios as home to some of London’s successful budding entrepreneurs.”

Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills, Jules Pipe, said, “The Mayor and I are committed to supporting social and economic enterprise across London. I’m really pleased we are able to support this Enterprise and Community Hub through the London Regeneration Fund. This is a great example of a local asset providing spaces for innovative, enterprising people to pursue their ideas, along with spaces for the wider community to use in the heart of their neighbourhood.”

The refurbishment plans are part of a two-phase plan around a permanent Enterprise Hub. Refurbishment of Granville (Phase 1) is planned to conclude in late 2017/early 2018. Once opened it will run for up to five years. The final plans for phase 2, a permanent Enterprise Hub and Community Space will be decided in 2018. 

The South Kilburn Trust will move into the Granville Centre this spring followed by SK Studios tenants who will move to the space in late 2017. It’s ‘business as usual’ for existing occupiers in the Granville Centre: Granville Plus Nursery School; Barnardo’s Children’s Centre; Granville Community Kitchen and Otherwise Club will continue to operate in the centre.

For more information about the Enterprise Hub and Community Space call 0207 328 1199 or email hello@southkilburntrust.org.

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Get Active This April In South Kilburn

The African-Caribbean Market on the 27th of April will bring the whole community together to celebrate through food, art, music and dance. While this month could be a little stressful there is a one-off free Stress Relief Workshops on the 26th of April at Carlton Hall to ensure your mental well-being. 

There is something for everyone, with most of the events being free it would be foolish to not indulge. So go ahead, check out our What’s on Guide at www.southkilburnNW6.london for more information and prepare to thoroughly enjoy your Easter.

The what’s on guide is also available as a leaflet from South Kilburn Trust office, drop by the SKT office  at South Kilburn Trust, Carlton Hall, Canterbury Terrace, NW6 5DX Carlton Hall. For full details you can also visit www.southkiburnnw6.london. Alternatively you can all 0207 328 119 or email hello@southkilburntrust.org.

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Get Active This April In South Kilburn

April brings blossomed Daffodils, lush green grass kissed by the sun, of course Easter and all its festivities but on top of what will be a great month South Kilburn Trust has added a plethora of exciting things to do. 

We are excited to start the month off with a number of weekly free events. Just to name a few unmissable ones; the 5th April starts the free community dinner and from the 6th the free Tech Lab & Entrepreneurship workshops all at the Carlton Centre. For the kid’s there’s Basketball sessions from the 4th of April and free Football/Futsal trying (under 16’s) from the 1st of April, all at St Augustines Hall.

The African-Caribbean Market on the 27th of April will bring the whole community together to celebrate through food, art, music and dance. While this month could be a little stressful there is a one-off free Stress Relief Workshops on the 26th of April at Carlton Hall to ensure your mental well-being.

There is something for everyone, with most of the events being free it would be foolish to not indulge. So go ahead, check out our What’s on Guide at www.southkilburnNW6.london for more information and prepare to thoroughly enjoy your Easter.

The what’s on guide is also available as a leaflet from South Kilburn Trust office, drop by the SKT office  at South Kilburn Trust, Carlton Hall, Canterbury Terrace, NW6 5DX Carlton Hall. For full details you can also visit www.southkiburnnw6.london. Alternatively you can all 0207 328 119 or email hello@southkilburntrust.org.

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Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.

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This summer South Kilburn Trust in partnership with Department of Work and Pensions (DWP) will start an 18 month project to get locals over 50 into employment.

South Kilburn, though a relatively new local charity, has been successfully working with residents groups, organisations and businesses to support long-term positive change in South Kilburn. The over 50’s employment programme is just one of the programmes they will start this summer.

This programme comes out of the national initiative to reduce the number of over 50’s on benefits and suffering financial hardship. South Kilburn Trust has secured funding in order to deliver the DWP’s Flexible Support Fund (50+) programme to South Kilburn residents.

‘This programme comes with much excitement as we really hope to improve not only the financial but the mental and physical well being of residents over 50’s. They are often forgotten when it comes to employment so this is a welcomed opportunity to provide the much needed support and guidance to this group of people who still wish to work.’ says Lauren Baily, Employment and Enterprise Strategic Lead at South Kilburn Studios.

Residents who meet the criteria (50+ and claiming JSA) will be placed into work experience placements and supported into paid sustainable employment.

The service will be available Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with the SKT Employment and Enterprise team at the South Kilburn Trust office. Employment advisors will help candidates with CV writing, interview preparation, job applications, career coaching, digital upskilling and access to ring fenced job opportunities.

Eligible residents can also access the programme via the Job Lounge on Thursdays at the South Kilburn Trust office, Carlton Hall.

For more information about the SKT Over 50’s Employment Programme or if you would like to sign up to the programme, call 0207 328 1199 or email barbara@southkilburntrust.org and tina@southkilburntrust.org. Drop by the SKT office  at South Kilburn Trust, Carlton Hall, Canterbury Terrace, NW6 5DX.

Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.

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South Kilburn Trust will be holding a workshop that will explore the impact of this year’s budget on small businesses. The event, which will be led by award winning entrepreneur and Ambassador for Enterprise UK, Lisa Newton, is a direct response to the recent budget announcements made by The Chancellor, Philip Hammond, and will take place on the 28th March at South Kilburn Studios.

While the plans proposed in the spring budget affect various aspects of day-to-day life, from schools to travel and employment, it is the effect on small businesses that has grabbed most of the headlines and faced fierce criticism. The event titled, The Budget 2017 – What does this mean for your small business? aims to navigate small business owners through the impending changes and offer support and advice.

It was the government’s plan to raise business rates and the increase of Class 4 National Insurance Contributions for the self-employed that sent shock waves through the business community, with many fearing that the change could potentially deter entry into the sector and in turn stifle growth. However, this decision was reversed just days after the initial announcement was made and has come as a great relief for many.

South Kilburn Trust Business Advisor and Entrepreneur, Julian ‘Ultrapreneur’ Hall, said, "Given the UK's push to make Britain a great place to start a business, increasing taxation on entry-level businesses at self-employed level seems like a crazy thing to do.

“For our local businesses, it is great that this change has been reversed and we hope that as many entrepreneurs as possible will attend the upcoming workshop on the budget to understand the implications of the budget for them.”

South Kilburn Trust's newly appointed business advisor, Chris Rayner, added, "This [National Insurance increases] was just punishing people that don't deserve it, small businesses need all the help they can get. Small business is a great tradition and innovation in this country - they should be encouraged."

The sudden change in the proposed policy is a 'win' for small businesses and positive for business in the UK overall.

As a prelude to the event, the Trust has produced a short video in which resident business advisors, Julian ‘The Ultrapreneur’ Hall and Chris Rayner examine key aspects of the budget announcement and explain what these mean for the businesses. To view the broadcast of our live video, please click below

https://www.periscope.tv/w/1kvJpnjndwZKE.

The Budget 2017: What does it mean for your small business? will take place on the 28th March 2017 from 5.30pm – 7.30pm at South Kilburn Studios, 2a Canterbury Road, NW6 5SW.

If you would like help, advice or support with your business from South Kilburn Trust's enterprise service, please contact wendy@southkilburntrust.org.

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South Kilburn Trust have produced a short film which celebrates and showcases the ‘magic’ that takes place at South Kilburn Studios. Entrepreneurs and creatives showcase their businesses and share their experiences during the 7 minute clip. The film also captures Brent-born street artist, T-Magic, painting the building’s exterior and some of the many events that take place there.

The artist, who has worked with brands such as MTV and Nike, sought to create a piece on the building that inspired the community and captured the ‘go-getter’ spirit of the area. He said, “The rays in the piece represent the spectrum of hope and possibility that is possible in South Kilburn. For me, the philosophy of street art is to create something, that once completed is for the public to enjoy.” He went on to say, “There’s so much creativity taking place in South Kilburn and people making ‘something’ out of ‘nothing’. It’s inspiring!”

Speaking from outside the new-look South Kilburn Studios, Sandra, who runs a concierge service from the Studios echoed these sentiments saying, “What I love about it (South Kilburn Studios) is the fact that it’s empowered me to start my own business, it’s given me so much confidence and I don’t think there’s anywhere else in London where you would receive this kind of support.”

The inspiring film was debuted at the first-ever South Kilburn Enterprise Awards which took place on 28th February at the Studios. Local residents and organisations turned out for the event which awarded entrepreneurs in a variety of categories for their achievements in businesses.

Tony Lazare, Founder of The London Basketball Association who won awards for Innovator and Entrepreneur of the Year features in the film and comments, “There’s such an eclectic mix here (at the South Kilburn Studios), yet there’s still more room for more people to come here… We’re looking forward to the future at South Kilburn Studios.”

South Kilburn Studios has served as the heart of business and creativity in South Kilburn since opening in 2012. The space has housed businesses from photographers to designers, community radio, music producers, sports coaching companies and much more. As part of their use of Studios space, South Kilburn Studios tenants must also provide traineeships to local residents. The space is also hired out at a subsidised rate to local residents for events and has been used for workshops, training and networking events.

Chief Executive of South Kilburn Trust, Mark Allan said, “We’re here to help local residents test out, launch a business idea and make their business happen. We can help with support, space, grants and advice, so if you’re looking to start a business, come to South Kilburn Studios!”

After being awarded funding by the Greater London Authority (GLA) South Kilburn Trust are preparing for an exciting new Enterprise Hub for business in South Kilburn, which will open later in 2017. The area’s Granville Centre will be renovated to create a state-of-the-art Community and Enterprise Hub to house current businesses located in South Kilburn Studios. This will provide more space and opportunities for start-up and established businesses to operate from South Kilburn.

For more information about South Kilburn Studios and the South Kilburn Trust’s enterprise services call 020 7328 1199 or email wendy@southkilburntrust.org.

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Guests, including the Mayor of Brent turned out for an inspirational evening at the iconic South Kilburn Studios, for South Kilburn’s first-ever Enterprise Awards on the 28th February. The event celebrated and recognised the achievements of local entrepreneurs, businesses and community groups, which include sports coaching companies, designers, music producers and much more.

Opening the night’s proceedings, South Kilburn Trust’s Chief Executive, Mark Allan said, “South Kilburn is full of creative, inspiring and hard-working entrepreneurs and tonight is all about showcasing the great business community we have here in South Kilburn.

Everyone who is following their dreams is a winner. South Kilburn and the South Kilburn Trust are proud of your achievements, we support you and wish you every success in the future.”

The Enterprise Awards were hosted by Brent-born comedian, Mr Cee, who drew from his own experiences of transitioning into self-employment to deliver a hilarious and equally thought-provoking comedy set, in which he encouraged the entrepreneurs to “embrace and learn” during their time at South Kilburn Studios and “remember to give back to the community.”

Tony Lazare, Founder of The London Basketball Association, an organisation which runs sports programmes and aims to create positive social change, won the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ title, in addition to the organisation winning the ‘Innovator’ Award. In accepting the Innovator Award, Tony highlighted the organisations impressive achievement of saving society £25 million in just one year.

Speaking after his win, Tony said, “We’re very excited to see the great things winning these awards will bring to us as an organisation for the future. Love Business Month and the South Kilburn Enterprise Awards should definitely happen every year, it’s great to showcase the amazing talent we have and the positive things happening in the community.”

The Entrepreneur of the Year Award was presented by the Mayor of Brent, Parvez Ahmed, who drew on his previous experiences and time working in the local area and told guests, “South Kilburn has a special place in my heart.” He went on to say, “I have always had great positive times in Kilburn and particularly South Kilburn, so it is a very special pleasure to be here and present an award this evening.”

The night’s other award winners were: Darren Fontaine, Founder of clothing brand Starsky Clouds for ‘Young Entrepreneur,’ Deborah Besana Founder of DB Designs for ‘Successful Start-Up’, Elite Sports and Leisure for the ‘Give Back Award’ and the Somali Women’s Group for the ‘Filling the Gap Award.’

In her closing speech, Ros Dunn, Independent Chair of the South Kilburn Trust said, “Thank you to all who nominated, our partners and all who helped to make the South Kilburn Enterprise Awards such a massive success. I would also like to say a big congratulations to all the nominees and winners.” Ros drew on Apple co-founder, Steve Jobs’ inspirational rise to success to end her speech by saying, “You can start from humble beginnings and go on to achieve great things.”

South Kilburn Trust Trustee Mary Arnold presented Michael Smith of Network Homes and Martin Crank and Rowann Limond, representatives of Brent Housing Partnership with a bouquet of flowers in recognition of their support for the Love Business Month programme of events. Managing Director of Brent Housing Partnership, Rowann Limond said, “Brent Housing Partnership is proud to support South Kilburn Trust and it is fantastic to be a part of such a positive and inspirational event.”

The South Kilburn Enterprise Awards took place as part of the first-ever Love Business Month programme of events, run by South Kilburn Trust and with support from Brent Housing Partnership and Wates Living Space. The Trust has indicated that the Love Business programme and Enterprise Awards will return next year, after overwhelmingly positive feedback from local residents and partners.

South Kilburn Trust provide business support, grants and run the South Kilburn Studios business space with Brent Council. For more information about South Kilburn Trust’s enterprise support services please email wendy@southkilburntrust.org.

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Scores of local entrepreneurs turned out for the fourth edition of South Kilburn Trust’s Networking and Pitching event, held at South Kilburn Studios on the 22nd February. Six entrepreneurs pitched their businesses to an expert panel with the aim of being named best pitch. However, it was local resident Jacob Adeyemi’s innovative and inspiring product ‘Rapid Motions’ which won over the judges, winning him ‘best pitch’ and a bottle of champagne.

The event was hosted by KISS FM presenter AJ King at South Kilburn Studios and was well-attended by local entrepreneurs and residents.

Jacob’s homemade fitness body suit, uses resistance bands to improve strength and tone physique. An engineer by trade, he created the product from scratch, sewing various existing fitness products together to create his prototype.

Lex Deak, the head of an investment fund, serial entrepreneur and founder of tech company OFF3R, was the guest speaker for the event and was impressed by the quality of businesses on show. He said: “It’s incredible to see the amazing people, great ideas and enthusiasm from all of the entrepreneurs who pitched their businesses. I hope all the entrepreneurs go onto achieve big things.”

Six entrepreneurs pitched during the competition, before gaining advice, feedback and answering questions about their business to the expert panel. All of the entrepreneurs who entered the competition will now be eligible for grants of £1000 to grow their businesses from South Kilburn Trust.

Speaking after winning the competition Jacob said, “I really appreciate the support that I got with pitching today, it was a great opportunity for my business and I look forward to taking things to the next level with the product. This is definitely just the beginning!”

The Networking and Pitching event took place as part of the Love Business month programme of events during February, which is supported by Wates Housing Group and Brent Housing Partnership. South Kilburn Trust provide enterprise support, grants and space to local entrepreneurs, which includes managing the iconic South Kilburn Studios.

On February 28th the South Kilburn Trust will be holding the first-ever South Kilburn Enterprise Awards at South Kilburn Studios to recognise and celebrate the achievements of local entrepreneurs. For more information about South Kilburn Trust’s enterprise programme and support email: wendy@southkilburntrust.org or call 020 7328 1199.

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Time is running out to nominate entrepreneurs and local businesses for the first-ever South Kilburn Enterprise Awards, taking place on the 28th February! Nominations from the public will close at midday this Friday 17th February, before winners are selected from a shortlist by a specialist panel.

The awards are an exciting opportunity to recognise individuals and businesses for their successes and contributions to the local area. There are six awards up for grabs. These are: Innovator, The Give Back Award, Young Entrepreneur, Filling the Gap, Successful Start Up and the coveted Entrepreneur of the Year Award.

Nominations are open to local residents and businesses based in South Kilburn and interested parties can nominate themselves. In particular, we would like to hear from young entrepreneurs (aged 16-30 years old) and start ups (businesses under 2 years old) who would like to contend for awards.

South Kilburn Enterprise Awards aims to celebrate and showcase the talent and achievements of local residents and businesses in the community. South Kilburn is home to a variety of businesses such as sports coaching companies, music producers, fashion designers and much more. Many of the areas businesses are based in the iconic South Kilburn Studios, which is funded and managed by South Kilburn Trust and Brent Council.

The awards are taking place as part of Love Business Month, which is supported by Wates Living Group and Brent Housing Partnership.

To nominate local businesses and entrepreneurs for an award and for more information please click here.

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South Kilburn Enterprise Awards 2017

The first ever enterprise awards will take place at South Kilburn Studios on the 28th February. The event, which aims to celebrate the success of business and enterprise in South Kilburn, will round off a month-long programme of business focused events, workshops and activities which will be taking place in South Kilburn as part of the Love Business Month.

A wide variety of entrepreneurs and businesses including music producers, artists, sports coaching companies, fashion designers and much more operate from South Kilburn, with a large number of of these residing in the iconic South Kilburn Studios. South Kilburn Studios is funded and managed by South Kilburn Trust and Brent Council.

While a number of South Kilburn’s entrepreneurs have gained recognition in their industries for their work, benefiting the local area and beyond, South Kilburn Trust aim to showcase the achievements of local residents and businesses within the community.

Awarding categories at the Enterprise Awards will include:

Innovator

The Give Back Award

Young Entrepreneur

Entrepreneur of the Year

Filling the Gap 

Successful start up 

Winners of each category will be chosen by a specialist panel.

The awards are open to residents and businesses based in South Kilburn who meet the criteria and interested parties can nominate themselves. Nominations open on the 25th January 2017 and close on 16th February 2017. To nominate someone for an award or to be considered yourself click here.

South Kilburn Love Business Month is supported by Wates Living Space and Brent Housing Partnership. The programme of events will take place from the 6th February at South Kilburn Studios to the 28th February. For information on the full programme of events click here.

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South Kilburn Trust with support from Wates Living Group and Brent Housing Partnership are hosting a month-long programme of special events tackling the ins and outs of business. The events will take place at venues in South Kilburn and will include workshops, seminars, a networking event and much more.

Topics covered during the month will include: tax, sales, how to start a business and social media to name a few. Business enthusiasts will be spoilt for choice, with a range of events delivered by business experts to suit a variety of subjects and tastes, whether they are taking their first steps in the business world or are seasoned veterans of enterprise - there's something for everyone.

Lauren Bailey, Strategic Lead at South Kilburn Trust said, "The Trust is committed to supporting enterprise and business growth for local entrepreneurs. We are really excited about Love Business Month and have a fantastic panel of speakers and business experts delivering events."

But not only will event attendees gain great business insights and tips, there will be fantastic opportunities to get involved. Entrepreneurs who enter South Kilburn Trust's pitching competition will be in for a chance to win £1000 to help grow their business. Alternatively, those with an interest in tech can get making in a one-off 'hackathon' to create a digital solution to a problem faced in South Kilburn.

Mark Allan, Chief Executive of the South Kilburn Trust said, "Business is such an important part of the community and life in South Kilburn and more widely in Brent. We are pleased to host our first ever Love Business Month and hope everyone from established businesses to budding entrepreneurs will benefit."

The month will be wrapped up in style with the first ever South Kilburn Enterprise Awards; a celebration of the achievements of businesses and entrepreneurs based in South Kilburn. For full details of the events during the month click here or for more information contact: lauren@southkilburntrust.org.

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Happy New Year from South Kilburn Trust

The South Kilburn Trust team would like to wish everyone a happy and prosperous new year! 

We have loads of exciting plans for the New Year; we are kick-starting 2017 with South Kilburn’s very own Love Business Month which will take place throughout the month of February and will feature a range of business focused events, workshops to support the growth of enterprise in South Kilburn.

Get your new year off to an active start with our January/February 2017 What’s on Guide for events and activities happening in and around South Kilburn...there's something for everyone! Click here to download.

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Merry Christmas from South Kilburn Trust!

As things wind down for the Christmas holiday season, the South Kilburn Trust team would like to thank all of our stakeholders, clients, partners and supporters for a fantastic 2016. We hope that you have a restful and enjoyable festive season, however you spend the time!

2017 is shaping up to be an exciting year for the Trust as we prepare for our big move to the Granville Centre, this will allow us more space to run our services and the space will continue to be a hub for the community! We will be making improvements to the building over summer and have current SK Studios tenants, as well as new businesses moving into a brand new enterprise space. Later in 2017 will see the re-launch of the Granville Centre as South Kilburn’s Community and Enterprise Hub – We can’t wait!

We are also looking forward to the installation of a digital noticeboard on Kilburn High Road in the coming months and have a host of great events including our first Love Business Month and Community Business Awards to look forward to. For more information please email: lauren@southkilburntrust.org

South Kilburn Trust’s offices will be closed from 5pm on 23rd December 2016 and re-open in 2017 on 3rd January at 9:30am. Please note our ASK advice service returns 4th January, South Kilburn Older People’s Project returns 9th January and Job Lounge will return on 12th January. For further information on upcoming events in Jan/Dec please see our latest What’s On Guide here.

Have a great Christmas and prosperous New Year!

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