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Blick's Social Impact

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 started two new online weekly initiatives – #opportunitymondays & #eventswednesdays to highlight some of the best local opportunities and events for the creative sector.

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.”

2017

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%.

We supported 2 graduate creative entrepreneurs with free workspace & support through our graduate residency programme. We supported 8 creative start ups through our NEST Creative Incubation Programme in Derry-Londonderry.

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…”

2016

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.”

2015

Our Locations

Malone Road, Belfast

Hill Street, Belfast

Cotton Court, Belfast

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    #blickstudios on
    Hill streets lovely breakout areas, where you can sit and have some lunch or a coffee away from your desk 

#hillstreetbelfast #sharedstudios #coworkingspace #blicksharedstudios #cathedralquarterbelfast
    Congratulations to our resident Dani McFerran, founder of award winning Graphic Design studio @doneanddusteddesign, as she was recently celebrated for her contribution to entrepreneurship at the House of Lords to mark International Women's Day! 

Read all about the F:Entrepreneur event, and Dani's amazing businesses on our blog - link in bio. 

#residentnews #residentpromotion #blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
    Our lovely main room in our Malone studios is available for hire and we now have a special reduced rates for anyone wanting to make an ongoing longterm booking of 8 weeks or more, we currently still have availability for Thursday and Friday evenings and Sundays. Prices and details are on our website (link in bio) or email christine@blickstudios.org for more info 

#roomhire #maloneroadbelfast #belfast #eventspace #blicksharedstudios
    Our Malone Road studios illustrated by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design 🌿

Offering private and shared studio space, 51 Malone Road is a beautiful space full of character and natural sunlight, perfect for finding some Monday motivation!

Find more of Jenny's work at jennyevadesign.com ✨

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    A warm welcome to Holly @holly.e.m who has recently joined Blick as a resident in Cotton Court.

Holly is a theatre graduate and has recently moved to Belfast, working as the marketing and growth lead for a production company called Tell based in York!

Check out @tellyork and our interview with Holly on our Blog >> link in bio ✨

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #coworkingspace #studio #remoteoffice #dedicateddesk #cottoncourt #belfastcreatives
    Our second studio space in the Cathedral Quarter; Cotton Court, illustrated by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design ✨

Find it on waring Street opposite the Merchant Hotel. This space provides dedicated desks and private offices for creative businesses, and is the perfect city centre base to meet clients! 

Find more of Jenny's work at jennyevadesign.com 👀

#belfastcreatives #supportlocalartists
#blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
#illustration #hillstreetbelfast #belfastcathedralquarter
    What a gorgeous weekend. Hope everyone got to enjoy the good weather.
Did you know that as well as providing physical workspace for creatives we also provide virtual office space for only £20 a month. A city centre address creates a confident and professional first impression and separates your business and home life. You can choose between our South Belfast address at 51 Malone Road, BT9 6RY or our Cathedral Quarter address 46 Hill Street, BT1 2LB

For more info visit our website (link in profile) or get in touch
    Hill St soaking up all the sunlight today ☀️

Our shared studio space on the top floor of this lovely building is the perfect base for a growing creative business, with great coffee around the corner, break out spaces to catch up with clients and a friendly organising team on hand to help!

Find out about our other studio spaces on our website > link in bio 🌿

#blicksharedstudios #belfaststudiospace #coworkingspace #sharedstudios #dedicateddesk #networking #belfastcitycentre #belfastcreatives #inspiration
    Our lovely Hill Street studios by resident and team member @jenny_eva_design✨

Check out more of her work at jennyevadesign.com!

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#blickresidents #blicksharedstudios
#illustration #hillstreetbelfast #belfastcathedralquarter
    Beautiful sun filled views from our Hill St. studios this morning ☀️

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    We got the chance to chat with Documentary fillmmaker Gillian Callan, one of our newest residents at Cotton Court. Gillian shared her top tips as a freelancer, who inspires her (Whitney Houston!) and how she overcame any hurdles starting out. 

Have a read on the blog 👉 link in bio!

#meettheresident #blicksharedstudios #studiospace #belfastcreatives
    We have three desks available in Hill St!

Come and work in this beautiful light and airy space.

All desks come fully furnished at £150 per month (inclusive), and are available from February. Get in touch to find out more - christine@blickstudios.org
    Belated Happy New year, we are easing ourselves into 2022, looking forward to a new year and fresh beginnings. Finishing off a few bits and pieces, making some new plans and feeling optimistic about the year ahead. Its a beautiful day, full of hope and the possibility of a brighter future after a challenging couple of years. Hope everyone's years have started well and this will be an easier year for everyone
    Merry Christmas from everyone here at Blick Studios! 

We are winding down for the festive period and will be back in the New Year with fresh ideas and exciting plans.

Thanks to all our brilliant residents this year for their support, here's to 2022!

- Christine, Rosy and Jenny ✨🎄
    Here at Blick we aim to support and promote local creatives in Northern Ireland. 

A number of our fantastic residents are crafting, painting and illustrating artwork that would make a perfect christmas gift for your loved ones! 🎁

@roryquiggillustration
- bespoke illustrations 

@dannisimpsonart
- Northern Irish themed illustrated prints, homeware, clothing 

@autumn.aurelia
- whimsical acrylic jewellery

@wee.nuls
- homeware, accessories, illustrated prints 

@nineteenthirtyatelier
- bespoke men’s shirts and unique accessories

@gallery545online
- contemporary art 

Read more on the blog 👉 link in bio!
    Meet Ray Walsh, our newest resident in 46 Hill Street!

Ray is a Graphic Designer working remotely for a design studio based in Birmingham. He shared some brilliant advice for creatives working remotely in our interview on the blog - link in bio!

Check out his passion projects on his Instagram @ray_walsh.jpg

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    If you're heading to Belfasts Christmas Market, stop by our resident @dannisimpsonart's amazing stall and #supportlocalartists! 

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