There’s a thriving entrepreneurial culture bubbling away right across Camden, and arguably no one does more to nurture and support it than pro-active local business group Camden Town Unlimited.
Tuesday night saw not one, but two examples of their work come to fruition. First up was a short and sweet award ceremony, that saw gongs dished out across four publicly-voted categories in the new Camden Inspire awards.
We were pleased to see the ongoing rise of local ethically and socially positive clothing brand Clime-it Brothers, who were honoured as Best Market Trader. Meanwhile Drummond Street’s popular Bio Organix store scooped the Best Retail category.
Parkway’s Green Note saw off the area’s bigger and more high-profile contenders to dance off with the Best Music Venue award, while Camden Rd’s tasty Apulia Café picked up the Best Eating and Drinking Experience honour.
All winners we presented with their gongs by Council leader Georgia Gould, under the ornate Victorian iron girders at the latest Camden Collective co-working space, officially launched at the same time.
The building, first built as one of the area’s many piano factories and later used to hold auctions, has sat empty for years. Owned by TfL, it will one day make way for the high capacity entrance to Camden Town tube. In the meantime, it CTU have worked with TfL to transform the space into a hub for 68 local start-up businesses.
As with the previous Collective Temperance space in Hampstead Road, they worked with architectural creatives Co-DB on the £140,000 project, which should remain in this location, on Buck Street, for at least two years.
Look out for success stories – and, we imagine future Camden Inspire winners – in the making, right here.