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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.

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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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    Introducing Aaron Hickland, one of our newest residents to join Blick at our Cotton Court Studios!

Aaron is a freelance performer, facilitator and writer, check out his amazing animation voice show reel at @aaron_hickland.

We got a chance to chat to Aaron and find out more about his business, find it on our blog at https://www.blickstudios.org/uncategorised/meettheresident-aaron-hickland/

#blickstudios #studiospace #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #belfast #coworkingspace #meettheresident #creativehub
    Thankful for our leafy trees at Malone that are providing some welcomed shade and keeping us cool throughout this beautiful sunny weather! ☀️🌿

#summer #studiospace #belfastcreatives #maloneroad #trees #shade #coworkingspace
    We are happy to be welcoming another new resident to Blick Studios, this time at our Cotton Court Studio, right in the heart of the Cathedral Quarter Belfast! 

Liam O'Neill previously worked for @kaffeo honing his coffee and social media skills. He has has now set up @liamonetwo specialising in content creation, brand identity and messaging. 

We got the chance to find out a bit more about his business, read the full interview at
www.blickstudios.org/uncategorised/meettheresident-liam-oneill/

Photographer - @creatingaspace

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #meettheresident #belfastcreatives #belfastcathedralquarter #coffee
    We are delighted to introduce our newest resident @wee.nuls to our Malone Road Studios. 

Nuala is a multi-disciplinary artist working in a variety of mediums including printmaking, digital illustration and spray paint.

Head over to her page today to check out her artwork or visit weenulsstore.com.

We also chatted to Nuala and found out about her business, read the full interview here at https://www.blickstudios.org/meettheresidents/meettheresident-wee-nuls/ 

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #belfastcreatives
    Summer sun ☀ creating amazing shadows in our Malone studios
    Brilliant to have a lively atmosphere back in the Cathedral Quarter, just outside our lovely Cotton Court Studios. Get your work done in the quiet tranquility of the studio and come out and treat yourself to a lovely lunch and pint at our new neighbours; The Second Fiddle or at tapas bar; @2tapswinebar. Get the best of both worlds!

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #summer #studio #creativeworkspace #belfastcathedralquarter
    We are pleased to introduce our newest Blick resident; Ciaran Crudden, who will be based in our Hill Street Studios.

Ciaran is a Graphic Designer and Filmmaker and the Director of @crudestudios.

We got a chance to hear about Ciaran's business and his journey to becoming self employed.

Find the full interview at https://www.blickstudios.org/uncategorised/meettheresident-ciaran-crudden/

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #businesscreative #creativeworkspace #creativehub #meettheresident #community #belfastcreatives #cathedralquarterbelfast
    @whatsonmyblock_ is now live and you can visit it on whatsonmyblock.com (link in their bio!) 

My Block celebrates and showcases independent businesses & culture and is supported by @weareinnovateuk

There are over 100 Belfast businesses already on the platform and they are looking forward to including more from the rest of NI too in the coming months. If this platform sounds up your street, get in touch! 

This special short film by Simon Mills captures 3 great independent businesses in Belfast: American Madness (Vintage & Fashion), Murphy & Bailey (Pet Store & Coffees) & FRUIT Shop (Food & Culture) They were  warm, friendly and invited the My Block team in to their spaces so they could find out more about their businesses. 

They hope over the coming months to feature a wide range of businesses!

Thanks to Simon for this beautiful film. 

#supportlocal #supportsmallbusiness
    Dani, one of our lovely residents @doneanddusteddesign working away in our cosy Cotton Court Studios this morning ☀️
    Colourful views, leafy plants and plenty of character in our Hill Street Studios, making it the perfect space to work 🌿

#blickstudios #coworkingspace #studiospace #belfastcreatives #creativeindustries #studio #workspace #creativeworkspace #belfastcathedralquarter
    Plants make such a difference to working spaces. All our spaces are filled with them
    Nice to have a new exhibition by Blick resident @gallery545online in the main room of our Malone studios
    As a small local business, impacted like so many others over the last year. So we are really excited to have been working on this project with @belfastdesignwk celebrate and champion local independent businesses. 

@whatsonmyblock_ is a curated online platform that aims to increase awareness of and encourage people to support local independent businesses.

If you run a small business and would like to feature email myblock@belfastdesignweek.com
    New signs at our Malone Studios

#creativehub #workspace #studiospace #creativespace #creativeworkspace
    A DIY GUIDE ON SALES & SELLING

WED 5th MAY

6.30 - 8.00pm

This workshop will be facilitated by Emma Johnston of @hunterpaperco  and Lisa Smyth of @shesaid_design . Two women from different creative business backgrounds, with very different business models sharing their story and offering advice and guidance on how they generate sales within their business followed by a Q&A session at the end.

What we will be covering:

Getting your business in front of potential customers

How to present yourself & business

How to sell your business products/services

Techniques on building confidence

Communication as a business

Navigating money & payment

Building relationships with clients

Sign up the link in our bio
    Creatives During Coronavirus One Year On, Upcoming Sales & Selling Workshop & Private Studio Space
    CREATIVES DURING CORONAVIRUS: ONE YEAR ON 

Join us online with @theblackboxbelfast  next Monday 26th April at 8pm for “Creatives During Coronavirus: One Year On” with a selection of our fabulous guests from 2020!

During the summer of 2020, the team behind the Small Town Big Dreams podcast made a 4-part audio documentary called The World Turned Upside Down, profiling how creative entrepreneurs from across the creative industries had been impacted by the first unimaginable months of the Covid-19 lockdown in Northern Ireland.

One year on from the start of the pandemic, Small Town Big Dreams returns with an online event to catch-up with some of those who participated in the documentary, and to see how they now feel about the experiences of the past year, and what they are hoping for in the months and years ahead.

Join podcast hosts Karishma Kusurkar and Graeme Watson for what will be a fascinating discussion about the creative industries as we move in to a ‘new normal’, featuring special guests:
– Patricia McGinnis ( Maven - @wearemaven) 
– Shannon Delores O’Neill ( Sister Ghost
/ Girls Rock School Northern Ireland - @sister_ghost) 
– Tessa Ann ( Sound Healing Spa)
– Ryan Ward ( Take Two Studio @taketwostudio) 

Small Town Big Dreams is a podcast and podcast channel produced by Blick Shared Studios, and is available on all good podcast apps. For more information, visit the website here: www.smalltownbigdreams.co.uk

This event is generously supported by the @theblackboxbelfast

Running time: 50 mins interview + 20 mins Q&A with audience via Zoom

The event is free, but register online at the Black Box website to attend details on the events and workshops section of our website
    Blue skies and spring sunshine transforming the Cathedral Quarter this morning
    Lovely to have the main room in our Malone studios back in use with @creatingaspace doing some filming
    Upcoming Free Workshops on LinkedIn and Social Media Marketing
    Perfect Easter holiday weather in the Cathedral Quarter today. Lovely spring flowers 💐 as well
    LinkedIn is a really important platform for building your network and promoting your business as a creative entrepreneurs. LinkedIn has over 700 million members in over 200 countries and offers great potential for securing work, building your network and collaborating. Our next @womenfolk.co event is next Wednesday evening from 6.30 - 8.00pm and is free to attend and facilitated by  Emma Gribben of Digital By Emma and Alchemy Digital Training 

Emma is a digital marketing consultant, mentor and trainer working with start-ups, SMEs, brands and agencies across NI, ROI, UK and Europe. Emma offers solutions across digital strategy, website performance enhancement, social media, content marketing, SEO, email marketing, online PR and influencer marketing.

Emma has helped global businesses achieve impressive returns on digital marketing, including spectacular growth in website visitors (200%), in-unit sales (186%), revenue (97%) and e-commerce conversion (67%).

As a training partner to Google and Facebook across the Google Squared Online, Google Digital Academy and Google Digital Garage programmes as well as the Facebook Digital Skills Training programme, Emma has insights into the latest digital trends, platforms and activities to continually give businesses a competitive edge. 

Emma’s training clients include global brands Aer Lingus, Pandora, Vodafone and Electrolux as well as Arts Council of Ireland, Bank of Ireland, Ulster Bank, Belfast Telegraph and Monaghan Mushrooms closer to home. 

Sign up for your free ticket now (link.in bio) 

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-linkedin/
    Next in our series of @womenfolk.co Dig Deep events is 'A DIY Guide on Writing for Your Business' on Sat 3rd April from 10.00am - 11.00am with @quillincni

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The aim of this event is to help you gain knowledge of how to create written content for your business and learning how to incorporate content creation into your working life. Heather will be sharing important tips on how to write content for your website and covering the importance of finding your voice in the content you create.

https://www.blickstudios.org/events/a-diy-guide-on-writing-for-your-business-with-heather-mcgarrigle/
    Happy Monday it's officially spring, lighter mornings and evenings are coming
    *** Small Town Big Dreams Guide to DIY Podcasting ***

Date: 27/3/21 

Time: 10.00 - 11.30am 

Location: Online

Have you been dreaming of starting your own podcast? Are you a beginner looking for tips from those who know? Join @stbdpodcast for this special event as part of the @nerve_centre Spring Into The Creative Industries Programme.

In this event they will catch up with experienced producers and presenters in the Northern Irish podcasting world to get some behind-the-scenes insights on ideas, and advice on making and sharing a podcast from home with minimal gear.

The session will be hosted by Small Town Big Dreams @karishmakusurkar who will be joined by guests Jeananne Craig (All Change Please), Andi Jarvis (Strategy Sessions) & Graeme Watson (Small Town Big Dreams & Inside John Patrick Higgins).

Link to book a ticket in our bio
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