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Resident Testimonials

We have had the chance to support, collaborate and work with some amazing business. These are some of the testimonials from present and past residents here at Blick.

Paul Boal, Clever Ghost

Blick Studios proved to be the catalyst that helped drive our growth. Its affordable desk space meant that we could be situated in BT1 amongst other creative businesses located in the bustling Cathedral Quarter, opening up opportunities to collaborate. The central location meant we had access to loads of potential clients, were easily accessible and it opened us up to networks both internally through Blick and within Belfast. The hub that Blick has built to support businesses no matter what stage they're at has been invaluable in terms of helping Clever Ghost grow and expand. They're affordable, provide excellent facilities, great locations, support residents through networking, promotion and encourage their residents to get involved with events, workshops, or contribute to creative projects that they're involved with. For anyone looking to start a business, we would highly recommend beginning that journey at Blick and for anyone who already is established then, Blick offers the chance to expand your network and become part of a growing creative community that is shaping Belfast and beyond.

Ciaran, Crude Studios

Blick's Hill Street Studios are a perfect setting for harnessing creativity and hatching new ideas alongside like-minded folk from all artistic backgrounds. Located smack-bang in the heart of the bustling Cathedral Quarter, inspiration is only ever a lunch-break away!

Paul, tenx9

Blick Studios on Hill Street was a fantastic place to be based. A wonderful creative, hard working atmosphere in a perfect city centre location with all the benefits that brings. The excellent facilities include strong wifi, clean kitchen, meeting areas and generous space for periods of downtime. A great team and a lovely vibe to the whole experience.

Ed, Alley Cats

Blick is a great location, and an equally great office environment. Hill Street is at the happening heart of Belfast, the local bars and eateries offer a wide choice to take clients, and the office itself feels a well thought through creative space to be in. It is well run, with a light touch and enabling management style which still ensures that everything is done that needs to be. It is actually a joy to work in.

Elena, Graphic Designer

"It has been a great experience moving into Blick. The space itself is fresh, vibrant, and in a really good area. I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a work space within a creative community."

Karishma, Designer

"Being at Blick Studios has been a great experience for me as a designer. I have met many likeminded creative entrepreneurs and Christine and Rosy have done a lot to support local creative businesses through collaboration, events and their time."

Katrina, Photography

"A big thanks to you for everything. Was such a lovely place to work in, you’s are doing a great job, I would happily recommend Blick to others."

Patrick, Designer

"Blick looked like the perfect next step for our business and would give us a workspace in an entirely different part of town with new scenery and exciting businesses around us. The design-focused workshops and events made Blick look like the perfect fit for us, as Elixsr has good design principles at it's core, being surrounded by people with the same passion screamed nothing but benefits to us."

Katherine, Illustrator

"It's been a fantastic opportunity for me as a freelancer. Beforehand, I'd never fully settled on the idea of fully emerging myself as an Illustrator, but the desk space enabled me to focus all my ideas and get on with the work. I've gained commissions and made connections with other creatives I would never have otherwise and other opportunities have presented themselves in the process."

Will, Architect

“I previously ran my architecture practice from home and since moving into Blick I have found that my productivity has increased significantly (probably doubled!). The facilities are great: The shared area, which I use for client meetings creates the right balance between creativity and professionalism, while the shared studio space is simple and functional while allowing for personalisation.”

Paul, Illustrator

“So pleased to have discovered Blick Shared Studios and all they have to offer the creative industries - I couldn't recommend them any higher.”

Alex, Designer

“Blick's Hill Street studios are bang in the middle of one of the most exciting and creative areas to be in. It's a great space to be in, and full of like-minded people from all manner of disciplines which in itself creates all manner of opportunities.”

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    Like many others we have been slowly rebuilding our business following the pandemic. Doing a lot of work behind the scenes and trying to be more intentional with both what we put our energy into, but also how and why we are doing things.
As we continue to get busier  I want to continue this process and plan to begin each week with a question for reflection for myself. I thought some other people might also find it a useful exercise so if i get time each week I will share them here. 
I love this week's question "what did you enjoy working on most last week?" We so often forget why we started a business and what we used to feel passionate about as we get bogged down in the day to day work. We forget that it's possible and also ok to enjoy our work and to try to create more of that joy.
    Monday what a beautiful sunny start to the week 

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    What one thing could you do today to push your business forward and get your week off to a positive start?

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    We hope everyone had a lovely July break and a chance to enjoy the good weather.

We are back in the office this week and wanted to share this podcast series that we were very kindly invited by @agencyofnone  to be a part of. The series is all about buiding sustainable creative workspaces for creatives and designers. The series focuses on Dundee but includes insights from throughout the UK. We feature on episode 3, talking about our journey from the initial concept for a shared creative workspace in Belfast back in 2007 to where we are today. It was really nice to reflect back on our journey, sometimes you forget how far you have come and the obstacles you have overcome and lessons you have learnt along the way.

The values of bringing creatives together are huge, particularly following the events of recent years when people are more isolated than ever. There is a lot of work to be done reconnecting and rebuilding networks and communities. Creative workspaces can be a very effective way of building these networks and communities. Working alongside other likeminded creatives gives you the opportunity to share ideas, collaborate, innovate and learn from each other as well as make valuable social and business connections. The challenge however is finding ways to run these creative workspaces sustainably. This is particularly difficult in the current climate with rising running costs and property prices and organisations still rebuilding following the pandemic so there is lots to learn from this podcast series, if you are interested in creative spaces its definitely worth a listen.

Details and links to listen on our blog (link in profile)
    MEET OUR COMMUNITY: MALONE RESIDENT ALANNA OFFIELD SEASIDE BOOKS 

I love reading and I love books, I also like to support local creatives and buy local and independent, so I was very excited this week to get to chat with our newest Blick resident Alanna to find out more about her business @seasidebooksni

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

I’m Alanna, the owner of Seaside Books. I moved to Ireland from New Mexico five years ago, looking for a change in career after years of working as a social justice campaigner. I write poetry and have always loved reading. When I became disabled in 2018, books and reading were an escape from long days in bed and trips to the hospital. As a bookworm, I had always dreamed of owning a bookshop, so I decided to give it a go during the pandemic.

Seaside Books is an independent online and traveling bookshop stocking books from Irish authors and/ or published by Irish publishers. We travel to markets and community events across the country. We also offer writing workshops and help authors prepare their books to be published.

Any projects you’re currently working on?

Seaside Books recently turned a year old. I’ve got a long list of ideas for things we could do to celebrate all the fantastic writing happening across Ireland. Currently, we are planning to start a magazine to highlight emerging writers from underrepresented communities. We have been working with local authors and lovers of excellent writing to bring it to life. We are still in the very early stages, but I’m excited to move forward.

What was the biggest hurdle for you starting out and how did you overcome it?

The learning curve for starting a bookshop was steep. I didn’t have anyone who had experience starting a business in my life, so I had to do lots of research to know where to start. Honestly, I had no idea what I was doing (I still feel that way sometimes). I started planning Seaside Books during the pandemic, which was sometimes isolating. Finding a community of other folks who were starting businesses was a lifesaver.

Full interview on our blog link in profile
    ---- Room Hire ---- 

Video of our lovely Main room in our Malone studios that's available to hire

Did you know you can hire out the ground floor of our Malone Studios. We have two rooms available to hire. Both rooms are situated off our lovely glass roofed atrium which can be used to gather for events or classes or as a breakout space during classes or events. 

- Affordable rates of £15 per hour and additional marketing support for long term bookings in our Main Room. We currently have availability on Tuesday and Thursday evenings, Saturday mornings and Sunday afternoons for long term booking in our Main Room 

- Affordable rates of £10 per hour for our meeting room for regular bookings. We currently have availability on Monday and Thursday evenings and Saturday afternoons for our Meeting Room. 

- Main Room fits 10 - 12 for yoga or similar activities, seats 15 boardroom or classroom, 25 as a lecture theatre and about 40 people standing 

- Beautiful space with high ceilings and original period features 

- Free use of beautiful breakout space and communal kitchen 

- Safe, well-lit, vibrant location close to Queens University in leafy South Belfast 

- We wehave a small team ensuring you a friendly, personal and professional service  

- We are a local social enterprise meaning your money goes back into the local economy and to support the creative industries in Northern Ireland 

Full details and all our prices for both spaces are on our website (link in bio)
    This week we had a quick catchup with our newest Cotton Court resident creative freelancer @emanuela_mae_agrini_art who told us a bit about herself and her creative work

Tell us a bit about yourself and your business?

Hey there! I am originally from Genoa, a seaside city in Northern Italy; my business was born there about ten years ago and bounced around a bit before moving to Belfast. My idea has always been to offer written communication for companies and individuals, but over time my core is moving more and more in the direction of a mix between visual and written communication. Although I still deal most of the time with content writing and copywriting (both in Italian and in English), I am developing some projects that can combine visuals and words, in the context of graphic facilitation, graphic recording and illustrated content.

What was the biggest hurdle for you starting out and how did you overcome it?

When I started as a freelancer ten years ago, the main obstacle was to convince companies and clients that remote work is still work: the mentality was very different from today and there was a lot to work to do on it. I always supported remote work and for long periods I have been traveling while working between the countries. Today luckily things seem to have changed.

How do you stay creative/inspired?

I pass pretty much all my free time reading books, drawing, and painting and when possible, I travel to see new places and meet new people. I love also to be around the city the more I can to listen to the stories of random people I meet. When I want to recharge, I go to the sea, which is my happy place.

What’s your top tip/piece of advice for anyone wanting to work for themselves/ start their own creative business?

Just make sure you are into it with all your energies and passion, and love every moment of it 🙂

You can read the full interview on our website (link in profile)
    Don't forget to take a break for the long weekend. It can be hard when you're self employed to justify taking time off to relax and rest and not feel guilty about it and for many if you arent working you arent earning. But there is always more that could be done so take as much of a break as possible and enjoy the peace of these extra couple of days when people don't expect you to be answering emails or phone calls

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