Baltic Creative Provides the Catalyst for Liverpool’s Creative Industry Growth
The highly anticipated launch of Baltic Creative has arrived (Thursday 11th October)!
The 45,000 sq ft regeneration project within the heart of the Baltic Triangle is already home to some of Liverpool’s most recognisable businesses, including Liverpool Sound City, Agent Marketing, Liverpool Biennial, Sparkle VFX, Citrus Suite and Apposing, to name only a few.
Now, Baltic Creative has thrown open the doors of the newly named ‘Creative Campus’, based on Jamaica Street, to welcome the very best of established and emerging creative and digital talent, from the North West and beyond.
The launch of Baltic Creative, a legacy project of the North West Development Agency (NWDA), led by Liverpool Vision and ACME, sees the completion of a £4.2million investment in the scheme; in what has been designed to provide a catalytic effect for the city’s digital and creative industry. Of the 45 spaces available across the entire Baltic Creative project, 33 have now been let to businesses operating within a myriad of commercial disciplines within the creative and digital sector.
The official launch day of Baltic Creative begins with the coming together of those that have had a hand in Baltic Creative’s development, as well as those from the wider Baltic Triangle area. ‘The Creative Forum’, including; Cathy Skelly (ACME), Alina Tait (Professional Photographer), Kate Stewart, (Director of Team A Go Go), Lucy Byrne (Founder of Dot Art) and Mike Clarke (Student Survival Guide), will highlight the importance of the Baltic Triangle area on a regional, national and even international scale, to those that live and work within the area.
The second part of the launch will showcase the very best creative and digital talent within Baltic Creative itself; discussing from a tenants point of view, why they chose to locate to Baltic Creative, what their aspirations are for the area, and how the development of such a scheme will help develop their business, and that of the industry.
Chairing ‘An Audience With...’ is Agent Marketing’s Managing Director Paul Corcoran, alongside fellow Baltic Creative tenants Dave Pichilingi (Sound City), Dave Brown (Apposing), Lynne Robertson (LJMU Enterprise) and Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs (Baltic Creative Director).
The final part to Baltic Creative’s launch will see invited guests join the Baltic Creative team, board of directors, tenants and supporters come together and toast the arrival of the Catalyst, sparking the next phase of development for Liverpool’s creative industry.
Mark Lawler, Centre Manager for Baltic Creative said:
“This is a significant milestone in the development of Liverpool’s creative and digital industry and we are grateful for the support of all stakeholders and the input of Liverpool Vision. Never before has there been commercial workspace developed especially to create a robust and sustainable contribution to the local creative sector. Baltic Creative is already home to an impressive range of businesses, many of which individually have a sterling reputation within their respective fields. It is these fantastic businesses that, working alongside ourselves, will ignite the creativity of our entrepreneurs and provide untold commercial benefit for the city.”
Erika Rushton, Chair of Baltic Creative said:
“The Baltic Creative CIC Board and I are so proud of what we have achieved. Baltic Creative has been born out a passion for the city’s creative sector, and a belief that Liverpool will one day rank amongst the leading digital and creative cities in the world. To all those who have been on this journey with us, I would like to extend my sincere thanks and gratitude in making Baltic Creative the creative epicentre of Liverpool.”
Mayor of Liverpool, Cllr Joe Anderson said:
“Liverpool’s vibrant creative and digital economy has a hugely important role to play in the city’s future success. We are known around the world for our creativity and I hope that Baltic Creative will help us become one of the global players within the sector.”
Kevin McManus, Director of Liverpool Vision-based ACME said:
“Baltic Creative is very personal and extremely close to my heart, and I’m thrilled to see it launch. Liverpool Vision has a great interest in this part of the city and it is an honour to have played a part in helping provide the creative and digital community of Liverpool an area to make their own. The prospects for collaboration, new ideas and new technologies, as well as new businesses and jobs are really exciting and will add a new, vibrant and creative dimension to the local economy.”
As a registered Community Interest Company (CIC), Baltic creative not only provides Liverpool’s creative community with stellar commercial workspace, it also reinvests all profits back into the development, its tenants and the creative community as a whole. The Baltic Creative team works to establish and forge links with local and regional partners; including professional networks, representative bodies and knowledge centres, such as local universities and colleges. In doing this, Baltic Creative ensures their operations and business activities are conducted in support and development of the sector it tenants.