The Creative Industries Sector has been strongly represented in the Hastings and Rother district for many years and is constantly evolving and growing. The area has and is still receiving considerable investment resulting in many creative companies relocating and building their businesses in the area.
In 2005, the Creative Media Centre was built in the town Centre and is now home to creative companies of all sizes with national and international reach. The Centre provides a fantastic environment for businesses to work together and punch above their weight.
Hastings Borough Council also has a strong Cultural Led Regeneration strategy and this was one of the influencing factors in attracting the Jerwood Foundation to The Stade. First established in 1977, the Foundation has acquired a significant Collection of 20th and 21st century works of art which is now on public display for the first time at the Jerwood Gallery.
The iconic De La Warr Pavillion in Bexhill has also seen a new lease of life and seventy five years later, the £9million restoration and redevelopment project has enabled the De La Warr to resurrect its original ambitions, whilst creating new aspirations for its future. It’s fast becoming a leading music venue and a cutting edge exhibition space
The recently built Sussex Coast College and the University of Brighton in Hastings all provide media courses which are attracting a new calibre of talented students both locally and from all over the UK. Courses include TV and Film production; web design; marketing and other important creative and business courses, providing a new generation of talented individuals who can help your business grow with confidence. The local creative industries are huge beneficiaries of the universities highly skilled students. You can find out more about the education opportunities in the area here.
As with any move or relocation it’s not just about the potential business that can be generated. It’s also about having a great work/life balance and being around similar people who share the same ideas as you.
Amongst some of the successful companies here are businesses and freelancers who are experts in graphic design, web design, SEO, music and video production, writing, photography, art, advertising agencies, architects and many more besides.
Hastings is fast becoming known as ‘Shoreditch by sea’ for its creative vibe and concentration of people in the creative industries: giving businesses a ready pool of creative thinkers, designers and support services that will help your business to flourish.
Hastings is also not far from London (75 mins by train) so you’re never too far away from the City. 24% of all creative business owners have relocated from London and this is growing every year. The area is rising to the challenge with the next stage of the Priory Quarter development set to be completed by late 2014 and a new Business Centre in North Bexhill to be completed by 2016 in time for the new link road to be in place. You can find out more on the options on our transport page.
Hastings and Rother is also a first stage district for the BT Superfast broadband rollout with stage one speeds of up to 76mb/s and eventual speeds in excess of 100mb/s means that how companies communicate is changing for the better.
The Creative Media Centre and the Innovation Centre have both begun to offer businesses a 30mb/s dedicated line for both uploads and downloads which came in to effect in January 2014.
Overall, if your creative business is looking for a new location then Hastings is a fantastic place to be in.
The low cost of living, the strategic location and the vibrant, talented local creative market along with offices and workspaces that have very low operating costs compared to other locations in the south east which are completely scalable to individual business’s needs then Hastings will give you all the confidence and inspiration you need to build and grow your creative based business alongside like minded individuals and businesses who help and support each other.