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We offer affordable business address services for all business types.  Whether you are just starting out and can’t yet afford workspace or are happy to work from home but seeking a professional public image for your business.

A professional business address creates a confident and trusted first impression for your clients and keeps your home address private and separate from your business.

We have two premises to choose from: our South Belfast address at 51 Malone Road, BT9 6RY or our City Centre Cathedral Quarter address 46 Hill Street, BT1 2LB.

We have a small team ensuring you a friendly, personal and professional service and are a local social enterprise meaning your money goes back into the local economy and to support the creative industries in Northern Ireland. As a creative industries organisation we also offer reduced rates for creative industry businesses.

Have a look at the information below on the options and prices available. Once you have decided you want to go ahead there is a simple online application to complete available here or get in touch with us if you have any questions or for more information. You can also check out the FAQs at the bottom of the page.

Why choose Blick?

Blick is a local, independent social enterprise offering affordable shared workspace, events, services and support for creatives in Belfast. Choosing Blick means your money goes to support the local economy and the creative industries in Northern Ireland.

Our services have been designed by creatives for creatives. We cut out the unnecessary extras and aim to offer excellent value for money and really good service by a small but professional team. We have over 10 years experience providing virtual services for creatives. We know what we are doing and can be relied upon to provide a professional service as well as being friendly and approachable.

We currently have three buildings in Belfast, two in Belfast’s vibrant and creative Cathedral Quarter area close to Belfast School of Art and the other in leafy South Belfast near Queens University Belfast. Both areas are lively and safe and have good access to local amenities (coffee shops, cafes, bars and cultural buildings including The Mac in the Cathedral Quarter and The Ulster Museum and botanic gardens in South Belfast).

Monthly Business
Address Service

We will redirect up to 15 items of regular and standard large letter sized business mail to the address of your choice monthly. Post beyond the 15 letters will be charged at the price of postage and the cost will be added to your following bill.

As a virtual office customer you are entitled to 20% off meeting and boardroom hire fees (free AV equipment use with room hire).

 Monthly Rate (Paid Quarterly)Annual Rate
UK Based Creative* Business£22.50£200
UK Based Non-Creative Business£30£300
EU Based Creative* Businesses£30£300
EU Based Non-Creative Businesses£40£400

Non-EU based Businesses please contact us to enquire about costings.

*The vision of Blick Shared Studios is to focus on the needs of creative industry entrepreneurs. Creative businesses will be classified as eligible for reduced creative industry prices for virtual services using the UK’s definition of the creative industries – ‘those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property’ – includes thirteen sectors: advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software (ie. video games), music, the performing arts, publishing, software, and television and radio.

Weekly Business
Address Service

We will redirect business mail to the address of your choice weekly. Up to 25 items of regular and standard large letter sized mail per calendar month. Post beyond the 25 letters will be charged at the price of postage and the cost will be added to your following bill.

As a virtual office customer you are entitled to 20% off meeting and boardroom hire fees (free AV equipment use with room hire).

 Monthly Rate (Paid Quarterly)Yearly Rate
UK based Creative* Business£30£300
UK based Non-Creative Business£40£400
EU based Creative* Businesses £40£400
EU based Non-Creative Businesses £50£500

Non-EU based Businesses please contact us to enquire about costings.

*The vision of Blick Shared Studios is to focus on the needs of creative industry entrepreneurs. Creative businesses will be classified as eligible for reduced creative industry prices for virtual services using the UK’s definition of the creative industries – ‘those industries that are based on individual creativity, skill and talent with the potential to create wealth and jobs through developing intellectual property’ – includes thirteen sectors: advertising, architecture, the art and antiques market, crafts, design, designer fashion, film, interactive leisure software (ie. video games), music, the performing arts, publishing, software, and television and radio.

Virtual Service FAQ's

How does the fee for the service have to be paid?

All fees must be paid in advance by bank transfer, cash or cheque, to enable this we will supply our account details before the account is set up. All monthly fees must be paid quarterly in advance and all annual fees must be paid in full in advance.

What about parcels and oversized letters?

We will let you know via email when any parcels or oversized letters arrive, however unfortunately due to the costs involved all parcels and oversized letters (not including standard large letter sized post) must either be collected at an arranged time from our main premises at 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY or can be forwarded at an additional cost.

If I sign up for the Business Address Service how will I receive my mail?

Mail will be redirected via Royal Mail to the address supplied on a weekly or monthly basis depending on the service selected.

How much do the business address services cost?

For UK creative businesses our monthly business address service costs £20 per month or £175 annually or for our weekly business address service £27.50 per month or £275 annually.

For UK non-creative businesses our monthly business address service costs £27.50 per month or £275 per year or for our weekly business address service £37.50 per month or £375 annually.

For EU Creative businesses our business address service costs £27.50 per month or £275 per year (forwarded monthly) or £37.50 per month or £375 annually (forwarded weekly).

For EU non-Creative businesses our business address service costs £37.50 per month or £375 per year (forwarded monthly) or £47.50 per month or £475 annually (forwarded weekly).

What will my address be?

You can choose between our two premises: South Belfast, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY or Cathedral Quarter, Belfast City Centre, 46 Hill Street, Belfast BT1 2LB.

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If you are interested in workspace, virtual services, room hire or coming to any of our events or any general enquiries get in touch.

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    January seems the return of our kids animation workshops in partnership with Can Do Academy 

These mini animation master classes by Can Do Academy are a great introduction for children to the colourful world of Lego animation!

The workshop will allow participants to make a complete animated Lego film on an iPad, using sound effects, visual effects, titles and lots of imagination!

Your child will learn to use special iPad apps and they will receive a copy of their film at the end of the session! They can bring their own Lego characters or use the ones supplied by us.

EVENT DETAILS

Date: Saturday 14th January 2023

Time: 10am – 12pm

Venue: Blick Shared Studios, 51 Malone Road, Belfast, BT9 6RY

Age: Children 7 – 14 years

Cost: £20 + booking fee

Book through our website link in profile
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CHRISTMAS WORKSHOPS & MARKETS

CREATIVES COLLECTIVES MARKET
DATE: Sat 19th Nov
TIME: 11am - 4pm
LOCATION: The MAC Belfast

ASTRAL FIBRES POPUP
DATE: Sun 20th Nov
LOCATION: Bullitt Hotel, Lobby

HUNTER PAPER CO - LETTER WRITING TO SANTA
 DATE: Sunday 27th November
TIME: various
COST: £5

WINTER WREATH MAKING SHARED THREADS FUNDRAISER
DATE: Saturday 10th December 
TIME: 10am - 12 noon
LOCATION: Portview Trade Centre
COST: £30

BEARDED CANDLE MAKERS MAKE YOUR OWN CHRISTMAS GIFTS - CANDLE EDITION
DATE: 25th Nov 
TIME: 5.00 - 7.00pm
LOCATION: Teolai, 30 Main Street, Castlewellan
COST: £55

WOMEN IN BUSINESS MERRY MARKETPLACE
DATE: 30th Nov
TIME: 5.30 - 8.00pm
LOCATION: The Merchant Hotel, 16 Skipper Street, Belfast
COST: Member £5, Non-member £10

OPPORTUNITIES

100 ARCHIVE
The 100 Archive charts the past, present and future of Irish design by publishing 100 notable communication design projects, selected each year following an open call.
CLOSING DATE: 31st Jan 2023

EVENTS

SIGNIFICANT OTHER EXHIBITION
Group exhibition showcasing women artists
DATES: 21st - 26th Nov
LOCATION: Artcetera Studio

CRAFT NI MAKER FORUM
DATE: Thurs 24th Nov
TIME: 10am - 12pm 
LOCATION: The F.E. McWilliam Gallery and Studio, 200 Newry Road, Banbridge

FOYLE FILM FESTIVAL
DATES: Friday 18 – Sunday 27 November 2022
LOCATION: Various

NAVIGATING EMOTIONS AT WORK
DATE: Nov 21st TIME: 5.00 - 6.00PM GMT
LOCATION: Online

HOW OUR SOCIAL CONNECTIONS IMPACT OUR ECONOMIC SECURITY
DATES: Wednesday 23 November 2022
TIME: 18:00 – 19:00
LOCATION: online

PIXEL MILL LEGAL WORKSHOPS
DATE: Thursday 24th November

DESIGN LEADERSHIP: HOW TO SOLVE BIGGER PROBLEMS AND LEAD BIGGER TEAMS
DATE: Tue, 29 November 2022,
TIME: 17:00 – 18:30 GMT
LOCATION: Online 

INVEST NI WEBINAR: SPOTLIGHT ON JAPAN
DATE: Thu, Dec 1, 2022 
TIME: 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM GMT
LOCATION: Online

Link to full blog with details and links on our profile
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I have to remind myself every week to be realistic about what I hope to achieve. Breaking down my weekly to-do list into urgent tasks (usually client work, admin etc) and things I would like to get done (big picture work, funding applications, new projects etc). I try and map out my urgent tasks then set aside some time and schedule in at least one thing from my things I would like to get done list each week so that I keep moving forward and working to achieve my overall goals.

How do you work out your to-do list and set your goals and priorities?

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    Did you know we have lots of free industry expert videos on our @womenfolk.co website? We have highlighted them on this week's creative roundup on our blog alongside different events and opportunities for creatives this week
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It’s very simple, but also very effective. Starting in January 2023 on the last Tuesday of each month we will host a get together with a small group of self-employed creative women or women in the process of starting a creative business to chat about business and life. Each person will get the chance to speak. Sharing their monthly progress, plans for the following month, future goals and aspirations as well as any challenges they may be facing. This process gives you the opportunity to connect with and learn from like-minded creative women and helps with motivation, accountability, goal setting and planning. 

As we want the group to be a safe-space for sharing we will be limiting numbers to a maximum of 8 participants. There is no cost to joining the group, but to ensure commitment and suitability participants need to fill in a short online registration to secure a space.

You can find the registration form on our website (link in profile) or if you have any questions about the group email christine@blickstudios.org

#workforyourself
#womeninbusiness
#womenfolk #womenindesign
#creativewomen #creativebusiness #creativewomencommunity #womenentrepreneur #womenentrepreneurs #womenentrepreneurship
    Sunday mornings have just become available to hire the Main Room in our Malone studios. Perfect for yoga, meditation, classes, workshops etc, only £15 an hour for regular ongoing bookings. Get in touch for more info
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#personaldevelopment
#skills
#investinyourself #improveyourself #improveyourlife #reflection #intentions
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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.