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The Story of Blick

We now have approximately 70 businesses across our studios with 115 creatives working in our spaces.

We are excited to be turning 10 and can’t wait for the next decade of creative adventures and projects and to continue supporting entrepreneurs.

Future

CREATIVELY EXPANDING

In 2017 we set up a brand new venture called Womenfolk to celebrate and promote women design entrepreneurs. We were excited to be involved again with Belfast Design Week in its 3rd year & new design events such as Late Night Design.

We moved from 52 Hill Street to Cotton Court in the Cathedral Quarter – a building full of creative companies.

We set up Flock, a trading arm of Blick that brings together the creative talent involved with Blick to work on multidisciplinary creative projects.

2017

SUPPORTING MORE CREATIVES

Increased income from growing our organisation gave us the opportunity to expand the free support we provide for creative entrepreneurs including:

  • Blick Academy for Creative Startups
  • Share 6 inspirational talks for creative entrepreneurs
  • 25 Pop-Up
  • The Faculty workshops and courses
  • Creative Business Bootcamp
  • Belfast Design Week &
  • our Graduate residency programme

2016

GROWING MORE

We opened Eighty81 Creative Workspace in Derry-Londonderry providing workspace for 18 businesses as well as the Nest incubation program, creative events and support.

In Belfast there was a growing market for our services so we opened a second set of premises in Belfast’s Cathedral Quarter providing workspace for an additional 18 businesses.

2015 was the year of Irish Design and we secured funding to run a variety of design events and co-founded Belfast Design Week.

2015

EXPANDING TO THE NW

We secured a 3 year contract to manage the creative hub in Ebrington in Derry/Londonderry to provide incubation space, workspace and events and support for the creative industries within the city.

We developed the brand and concept for Eighty81 Creative Workspace on behalf of Ilex Urban Regeneration.

2014

GROWING BLICK

We moved into our first Cathedral Quarter premises allowing us to provide space for an additional 15 businesses.

With the premises being so close to Ulster University, we were able to connect more with students and startups and build our existing creative community through meetups and events.

2012

CREATIVE EVENTS

From 2008 – 2010 we ran a variety of events and courses to support small and startup creative businesses within Belfast including Blick Business Blitz and the Evolve Programme.

We saw a need to create more interactive and engaging enterprise events and set up Creative Camp Belfast – an interactive un-conference style event design to connect local creative entrepreneurs and encourage them to share their stories and speak on various topics.

2010

MOVING INTO MALONE

With support from Ulster University and Belfast City Council we moved into our first permanent space at 51 Malone Road.

We focused on becoming independently sustainable by renting our studio spaces, event spaces and offering virtual services. By the end of 2008 we provided space to 15 different creative businesses.

2008

BY CREATIVES FOR CREATIVES

Blick was set up by a group of creative entrepreneurs struggling to find suitable creative studio space in Belfast.

Our first studio was a rented warehouse in the City Centre which we set up with the help of £5000 from UnLtd.

2007

Our Locations

Malone Road, Belfast

Hill Street, Belfast

Cotton Court, Belfast

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Slowly getting back to normal and so nice to see a Slowly getting back to normal and so nice to see a bit of sunshine after all the rain!
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Missing this cosy workspace and our lovely residen Missing this cosy workspace and our lovely residents. Fingers crossed we get back to normal sooner rather than later and can enjoy our Fridays properly again!
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We know there are lots of surveys floating about a We know there are lots of surveys floating about at the minute, so sorry to add another one to the mix, but we are working with our residents to find out what impact Covid-19 is having on their business/creative work and what support they require to be able to adapt and survive the current crisis and we thought it might be an idea to put it out to our broader network to capture the opinions of a broader range of creatives whose voices might have been missed in the different arts and business surveys so far. If your creative business/work has been impacted and you would like to share your experiences please fill in the following short survey link below and in bio: https://blickstudios.typeform.com/to/I05hld
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Do you struggle to balance your finances within yo Do you struggle to balance your finances within your business? . Do you find the finances part of your business overwhelming? . Join us on the 31st of March for an evening workshop led by Rosy James where she will be giving some top tips and information on how to manage your finances within small businesses. . Blick Finance manager, Rosy James, will be offering some simple tips on getting your finances right – working towards the tax return of each year. Rosy, who has set up the finance systems and managed the accounts of numerous small businesses will be offering some great tips. . Limited spaces available . Book your space at : https://www.blickstudios.org/events/blick-academy-managing-the-finances-of-your-small-business/
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