Hannah Brown in Tech & Digital

23/09/2015

At A Glance: Creative Hubs in Bournemouth

Bournemouth has been the technology talk of the nation following a report from Tech Nation earlier this year, highlighting the town’s thriving tech scene. 

Today, we’re heading down to Bournemouth for our latest “Creative Cities” event and so decided to take a look at some of the work spaces that are inspiring the fantastic work hailing from Bournemouth creatives. From modern collective work hubs to the humble coffee shop; creative companies and individuals are often stimulated by their surroundings. 

Not only does Bournemouth boast a stretch of beautiful British coastline to get creative juices flowing but we found a host of great work spaces throughout the town that are populated by the creatives putting the town on the map. Take a look at our pick below…

Nest Space

Situated just a couple of minutes’ walk from the beach and town centre, Nest Space is a bright and airy work space for creative professionals. There are co-working desks, meeting rooms, break out areas and free drinks on offer and they even have monthly beers in the space for people to relax and network. Current members include representatives from the worlds of game design, animation, filmmaking and illustration, making it the perfect place to boost your little book of media contacts. Nest even hosts regular events, creative lunches and keynotes with world renowned speakers, taking pride in the amount of opportunity they offer to residents.  

Factory Studios 

Factory’s website boasts that the venue offer the ‘most affordable artist studios in the South West’ – making them ideal for all those working on a tight budget. Their 8000 square foot space is split up over six studios that welcome creatives from all corners of the industry. Additional facilities include digital co-working spaces, dance studios, art studios, galleries and a print room. The venue can even host networking events, workshops, showcases and outdoor cinema screenings. What’s more, its multi-talented tenants mean that Factory Studios is also the perfect place to network and meet your soon-to-be-new company co-founder.  

By The Sea 

By The Sea sells itself as a ‘Creative space for creative people’ and  offers networking and office space for both freelancers and creative businesses alike. The hub is located a stone’s throw from Bournemouth’s picturesque coastline and offers residents free WIFI, free coffee, smart pods to work in and access to a professional meeting room where residents can meet guests and potential clients. The Old School House is also located on the premisis, offering a larger area for events, small conferences and exhibitions. 

Networking 

If these work spaces weren’t enough, Bournemouth also has a great reputation for holding tech networking events and conferences. Organisations like Silicon South and Meetdraw arrange frequent meetups throughout the year and events like Silicon Beach are no doubt marked in every creative’s calendar. HackBmthCreative & Digital Professionals and Creative Women in Business also offer informal meetups for companies and individuals who want to socialise and network with their industry peers.


Find out more about creativity in Bournemouth by reading our interview with regional company Amuzo Games

Find out how Creative England can support your new company by visiting our Business Page. Alternatively, head here to learn more about our Creative Cities Growth Programme

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