Tag: Business

Pre-Book Your Work and Event Space at The Granville

The Granville is taking bookings for work and event space ahead of its opening in Spring 2018. The new-look Granville will boast brand new workspace and purpose built community and venue space for hire, following the completion of the refurbishment of the building this March.

The transformed Granville will house local organisations and businesses, and in the spirit of the iconic South Kilburn Studios support local entrepreneurs and growing businesses. Additionally, the space will provide affordable, purpose-built community space which will include event rooms, a café and community garden.

The Granville Enterprise Hub and Community Space will offer:

– three large flexible spaces for a range of occasions

– training, workshops, advice, events and support

– a café leading out to the community garden

– workspace for organisations or businesses

– music studios

– public space to meet and socialise

The day-to-day management of The Granville will be led by the South Kilburn Trust. The Trust will deliver a majority of the activities and support services in the space; these include employment services, business advice, legal advice and a range of community focused activities. Other services and activities will be provided by local groups and organisations in South Kilburn.

Further information about what’s available at The Granville and the project’s vison, mission and objectives can be found at www.thegranville.org

Deanne Isaac, The Granville Hub Manager, said, “Interest in the work and event space is growing on a weekly basis and we thought it would be great to give the public the opportunity to pre-book space and come in and have a chat with us about their needs. The workspace is available to start-ups, established business, freelancers, local organisations and businesses, while the event space can be used for anything from work functions to birthday parties.

“Once up and running, The Granville is going to be a space with a difference – our offer is very competitive and quite unique. Businesses at the space will have access to a great range of free business development support and opportunities as part of their membership as well as direct access to a strong network of businesses and the dynamic Granville community.”

South Kilburn Trust Chief Executive, Mark Allan, said, “We are building a community; The Granville community, and in doing so challenging people’s perceptions and experiences of what community is. The Granville building was founded on the spirit of aspiration, support and togetherness, these are the very threads that bind together our vision, mission and objectives for The Granville and in turn South Kilburn. We are ecstatic to see positive steps towards this materialising and welcome everyone to join us on the wonderful journey – visit The Granville website, find out more, get in touch with us and join The Granville community!”

The Granville development journey started in April 2017 following the successful joint application by Brent Council and the South Kilburn Trust to the Greater London Authority (GLA) for a grant to refurbish the much-loved building into a multiuse space. Since then, the top floors of The Granville have been refurbished and are now home to the South Kilburn Trust’s offices. The ground floors – which will accommodate the workspaces, the café and community and enterprise support services – will be completed by spring 2018 in time for the grand opening.

For bookings contact the Hub Manager, Deanne Isaac on 0207 328 1199 or email deanne@southkilburntrust.org

There’s a New Resident Business Advisor in Town

Are you really ready to start a business? Do you need someone to talk to about your business or business idea? Starting a business isn’t easy, in fact, we know that it can be so difficult that the process actually puts you off going down the business route. Not to worry – we have a solution. Introducing Chris Rayner, South Kilburn’s latest response to the growing thirst for business in South Kilburn and beyond.


Chris speaks to us about who he is, what he is doing at the Trust and how you can get amazing free, yes, FREE business advice.


Hi Chris, tell us about the service?

We have a business advice drop-in service where you can come and discuss your idea with a business advisor on a one-to-one basis. We can go through anything; your pitfalls, risks, queries, rules and the regulations. Anything you want to ask – we’ve got the experience; from starting a business from scratch and of all the problems and pitfalls, so we try to give you a practical and intelligent guide to running a business.


When did the service become available to South Kilburn Residents?

It’s been available for a little while now. We are working with South Kilburn residents especially Brent Housing Partnership (BHP) residents but the service is available Brent-wide as well as in South Kilburn.


What do you do?

We try to introduce a number of rolling programmes, workshops, industry specific networking events and a set of seminars on business basics. We also have the South Kilburn Studios that are subsidised or free to use. The Studios are also a space that people can come and work in and the workspace there is open to the community. We are trying to marry enterprise with the employment initiatives that South Kilburn Trust have and also create a sense of community by bringing everything together without overly defining it. What we are trying to be is approachable and we are very good at listening.


What kind of individuals and businesses do you typically see?

Well, there isn’t really a typical type of individual or business. People usually start off with having an interest or a hobby. They usually start off with an idea – they see a gap in the market. Certain sectors are favoured; there are people in fashion, music, catering and food, tee-shirts, cupcakes and graphic design. It can be absolutely anything at all; service industry, manufacturing…we will work with anything and everything.


What would you say to somebody who just has an idea, has never had a business and is probably still working?

We deal with pre-start people, people who just have an idea and want to ask a few questions. Business isn’t for everyone but at least we can give you a reasonably pragmatic, impartial opinion and advise you on the right direction to go. We can probably save you some money as some advice will tell you to spend on things you probably don’t need to spend money on. That’s what I wish I had when I started.

You can also come if you’ve already started your business or if you’ve been in business for years. We pretty much can deal with absolutely anything.


How long do you support people for?

It’s ongoing. (Yes, that’s correct – unlimited business support).


Can you tell us about the background of BHP contract?

BHP (Brent Housing Partnership) have allocated some resources to the South Kilburn Trust to support their residents to start a business. That support is ongoing. Brent Housing Partnership are looking to engage with people who want to start a business and within reason, they are leaving it up to us.


Julian Hall is also a Business Advisor and so are you, what’s the difference between the two of you?

We’re pretty much the same. Julian is excellent and has been advising for a while and he deals mostly with the South Kilburn Studio tenants and I’m dealing with the new studio tenants. I’m here three days (Brent-wide) and he is here one day a week.

I’m here Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, 9:30 – 5pm. I’m usually at South Kilburn Studios. Drop-in is tricky as I can be away for meetings but you can still drop-in. The best thing to do is to contact me by email to book a slot and we can meet at South Kilburn Studios.

I will talk to absolutely anybody within our remit and go through everything. I’ve been through it all myself so I understand how it is when you start out or are already in business.


What’s your background, in a nutshell?

I worked for a large organisation for 10 years and then my wife who’s a designer, started a fashion business. We went into business together to sell her collection directly. We started by selling to some shops and only started to make money after about 5 years. After 15 years we were turning over 3 million a year and had 50 employees. We then sold the business in 1999/2000.

Would you like free business advice? You can contact Chris on chris@southkilburntrust.org or call him on 07469 660 883.

Smart Summer Shoes – Local Entrepreneur Launches Innovative Shoe Collection

The South Kilburn Trust (SKT) proudly champions the growth and support of local business and enterprise, so we are particularly proud to see that one of our very own entrepreneurs is stepping into the spotlight and is on a very promising path to a successful business.


Meet Beach Society, a new luxury footwear brand founded by local entrepreneur and South Kilburn Studios tenant, Michelle Bailey. This year, Michelle has launched a range of unique wedged summer shoes that are not only stylish but practical too. Inside each shoe there is a cleverly designed and beautifully concealed compartment perfect for keeping credit cards, lipsticks and jewellery. What’s more, the straps come with five interchangeable styles that allow you to change your look without having to buy another pair. Very clever.


“I came up with the idea whilst on holiday,” says Michelle, whose personal experience and love of style is the driving force behind her creation; Michelle struggled to find a stylish high-heeled wedge when she was going on holiday and she knows all too well the price of carrying too many shoes when travelling – this was the springboard for the idea of Beach Society.


Michelle has put a lot of thought into her design by not only making the shoes cost-effective but also safe to wear. “When we designed the shoes we wanted to make them safe to wear by the pool and on boats, so we used Ethylene-vinyl acetate (EVA) for maximum comfort and support. This material is also environmentally friendly and is anti-slip,” says Michelle.


The sophisticated design of Michelle’s shoes will add a touch of French Rivera elegance to any outfit but the prize is the ability to add to your height and keep your cards and lipstick secure, making Beach Society wedges a wise purchase for any style enthusiast. The first Beach Society wedges will feature up to fifteen customisable designs and offer the opportunity for fashionista’s to create exclusive custom designs.

“We are the only company that designs wedges with a hidden compartment and interchangeable straps. Our shoes actually save you money as one pair will buy you several different looks. We also custom-make straps upon request. The hidden compartment is an added bonus. It’s all too easy to lose your jewellery in the water and also to thieves’s who target your belongings. Our shoes are not a wall safe but thieves are more likely to target your bag than your shoes,” says Michelle.


Starting a business has never been easy but with the support of the South Kilburn Trust, who provided Michelle with studio space at the Trust run South Kilburn Studios, Michelle has been able to successfully start her own fashion business.


“Without the support of SKT I would have to work from home. Working alongside other creative businesses is also a benefit”, she adds.


Michelle has also worked with the Trust’s resident Enterprise Advisor, Chris Rayner, who has guided her on her venture. When asked what her top tip was for someone with an idea they want to turn into a business, Michelle said: “Go for it. I know it sounds like a cliché, and believe me it is easier said than done, but in the end what’s the worst that can happen?”


Congratulations Michelle!


You can buy the new Beach Society collection at www.coconautical.com and order now! Follow Beach Society on twitter @BeachSociety for the latest news.


If you are a South Kilburn resident with a business idea, thinking about starting a business or just starting out, get in touch with us to find out about the many ways we can support you on your business journey.


We also have a special programme for Brent Housing Partnership tenants that live in St Raphael’s estate. For more information about this programme call 07469 660 883 or email chris@southkilburntrust.org


Call us Monday to Friday from 9.30am-5pm on 020 7328 1199 or email us anytime at hello@southkilburntrust.org. Follow South Kilburn Trust on twitter; @sktrustnw6, Facebook; @southkilburnnw6 and Instagram; @sktrust to stay up to date with programmes, events and news.