Curzon wants £50k creative hub business plan boost

PUBLISHED: 07:00 11 April 2018

The Curzon cinema.

The Curzon cinema.

Frederico Colarejo

Clevedon's Curzon cinema has applied for £50,000 to create a business plan for a 'perfect' potential creative hub venue.

The Curzon cinema is working alongside groups including Clevedon Chamber of Commerce and North Somerset Council to create a cultural quarter in the town centre.

Waverley House, a three-storey office in Old Church Road, has been earmarked as a possible location for the hub. The building, which adjoins the cinema, has permission to be turned into 21 houses in May last year but this has not been implemented.

Now the Curzon has applied for funding to create a business plan for a creative hub from the Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), which has also recommended it is included in its local growth funding programme.

Curzon chief executive Susannah Shaw said: “We are delighted the LEP has recommended the creative and digital business hub should be included in the programme for local growth funding, with the release of funds being subject to resource availability and to fit with an emerging regional cultural strategy.

“We are confident in the knowledge this enterprise fits with North Somerset Council’s economic strategy for Clevedon and the LEP strategic economic plan.

“The building for sale next door to the Curzon offers a perfect space which could embrace a mix of businesses and creative start-ups.

“The agents acting on behalf of the owners of Waverley House have acknowledged our interest but as securing funding is a lengthy process, we realise this opportunity – like any commercial sale – could be lost to another purchaser.

“Despite this risk we will continue to seek funding for the project and remain focused on securing the wider objective of a new cultural quarter, based on a stronger Curzon cinema, and will continue to be enterprising in our approach to achieving this.”

It is estimated Waverley House could provide up to 76 workstations.

The space would be used as a home for performing arts groups and a media production training facility for young people, while it would also offer start-up accommodation for new businesses in the digital and creative sectors.

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