Creative Enterprise Zones (1)

MQT on 2019-01-17
Session date: 
January 17, 2019
Question By: 
Tony Devenish
GLA Conservatives
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


The Mayor announced 6 Creative Enterprise Zones in December 2018, instead of 3 as was planned originally. The 6 CEZs will be awarded a share of more than £11m. What was the reason for this significant change to the programme?


Creative Enterprise Zones (1)

Creative Enterprise Zones (1)

Answered By: 
The Mayor

My new Creative Enterprise Zones are a key manifesto commitment and aim to enable artists and creative businesses to put down roots, whilst offering skills development opportunities and creating jobs for local communities.

I increased my commitment to six Creative Enterprise Zones in response to the high level of interest and ambitious plans put forward by local authorities. I received expressions of interest from 25 boroughs and awarded £500,000 to 11 boroughs to develop plans, which resulted in 6 outstanding applications from Croydon, Haringey, Hounslow, Lambeth, Lewisham and Hackney Wick (a joint bid by Tower Hamlets, Hackney and the London Legacy Development Corporation).