Over our 4 sites we supported 70 small creative businesses to grow. Over 90 businesses benefited from our virtual business services.
Blick encouraged networking and collaboration, with 63% of our resident businesses getting opportunities for collaboration and 56% saying it had helped them broaden their network.
56% of our resident creative businesses sales were export-based sales to outside NI. Blick helped support and create jobs in the creative industries – total jobs created by responding companies increased by 60%.
We supported 8 graduate creative entrepreneurs with free workspace & support through our graduate residency programme. Blick supported approx. 1059 creatives at FREE creative industry networking and business events.
Approximately 650 members of the public viewed our exhibitions or visited 25 Pop Up which gave more than 40 local designers the opportunity to promote and showcase their products.
We also started the Womenfolk project to highlight female design entrepreneurs.
From a member of our Womenfolk community: “I really love Womenfolk and its been a really great resource/encouragement for me in being a one woman band.”
Over our 4 sites at Blick Malone, 46 & 52 Hill Street and Eighty81 Creative Workspace in Derry-Londonderry, we supported 70 small creative businesses to grow. Over 70 businesses benefited from our virtual business services.
Blick provided a supportive, inspiring and encouraging environment for creative entrepreneurs, with 82% of our resident businesses saying we helped them feel inspired, supported and encouraged.
Blick also encouraged networking and collaboration, with 70% of our resident businesses getting opportunities for collaboration. 60% of the businesses based at Blick for over 6 months had increased their turnover by up to 200%.
Blick supported approx. 989 creatives at FREE creative industry networking and business events.
Approximately 1200 members of the public viewed our exhibitions or visited 25 Pop Up which gave more than 30 local designers the opportunity to promote and showcase their products.
From one of our residents: “I have had a lot of work from the creative industries that I believe has been generated not only by my work and reputation but also people’s knowledge of Blick and the ethos around it…”
Over our 2 sites at Blick Malone and Hill Street, we supported 31 small creative businesses to grow their businesses.
80% of our resident creative businesses believed their businesses wouldn’t be as successful if they weren’t based at Blick.
90% of businesses based in Blick who had previously been trading saw an increase in their turnover since being based in Blick, with 70% seeing an increase of 30% or more, including increases of 50%, 100% and 150%.
Blick resident businesses were either new businesses, moving from home or new to Belfast, 60% moving from a home based business, 27% were brand new businesses that only started trading upon moving into Blick and the remainder were new to the city, moving from various locations abroad.
Blick encouraged young people to start creative businesses, the majority of our residents in 2015 ( 67%) were below the age of 34.
Blick supported approx. 350 creatives at FREE creative industry networking and business events.
Feedback from our networking event attendees included enjoying: “Meeting like-minded people. Hearing success stories and the same type of ‘hesitant’ stories. Realising everyone gets going the same way.”