The Leith Creative Exchange, which aims to nurture a new creative talent hub for the city by providing space and support for 80 businesses, will celebrate its official launch this evening.
The project, funded by Edinburgh City Council, Creative Scotland and Edinburgh College, offers a wide range of facilities and support including super-fast broadband, space for meetings, networking and exhibitions, alongside mentoring and help with securing investment.
Esther Stringer, 32, of Hillside, has already moved her web design company Border Crossing Media, into the hub.
She said: “It’s a wonderful space and we’ve already reduced our overheads by moving here from our previous office. We’re also really looking to build up links with other businesses and this is perfect for that.” Councillor Frank Ross, economy convener for Edinburgh City Council, called the launch “another major milestone in our strategy for jobs.”
However, Labour councillor Alex Ward questioned whether the £310,000 used to set up the Exchange could have been better spent, saying: “For the price of a membership you could instead buy a mobile tablet device. I would question whether this is best value for anyone looking to start up a small business.”