Creative space is Hub of activity

TENANTS at a centre for the creative industries have proved that having good neighbours makes great business sense.

Three firms at the Palace Hub, in Redcar, have been involved in developing the Give it a Go website and smartphone app aimed at reducing antisocial behaviour.

It was launched by Cleveland Police to inform young people about activities in the force's area but web developer, Ian Elcoate, said it is also an example of the Hub at work.

Ian, who is managing director of Tad Web Solutions, said: "My company made the app plus the associated website and management software but we did it with the assistance of our Palace Hub neighbours World Sight Media, for the animation, and IP Contract Solutions, who handled the contracts.

"We might be the main company involved but it's a real Palace Hub collaboration and a fantastic example of one of the benefits of being here."

The Palace Hub was converted from the old Palace Theatre by the council and opened last year.

It was part financed by the European Regional Development Fund's competitiveness programme and offers incentives to tenants in the creative industries.

Peter Calvert, a web developer at Tad Web Solutions, said: "We've got a great office with a sea view and theres even an art gallery on the ground floor, but the Palace Hub is so much more than just a nice building.

"The council has provided fantastic facilities and has done a great job on regeneration and we're one of many small businesses across the borough that wants to get involved."

Mark Hannon, the council's cabinet member for economic development, said the Palace Hub was a fantastic facility for the borough.

Councillor Hannon said: "It's great to see our business community working together and getting behind this project.

"Let's hope this is the first of many more successful collaborations at the Hub."

For information about business units at the Palace Hub, Redcar & Cleveland Leisure and Community Heart or anywhere else in the borough call 01642 292929 or 01642 444100.

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