We’re delighted to see MADE in Mourne open its doors yesterday on Greencastle Street in Kilkeel, near the Kilmorey Arms. When Kilkeel resident and young entrepreneur Jenna Stevenson came to see us in August with an idea for a creative hub in Kilkeel (after she spotted that the space at 37 Greencastle Street had become available) we felt we had to get involved. It’s great to see the younger generations wanting to do fantastic things for Kilkeel, but it’s vital that local businesses and business folk do as much as possible to support them. The business will be a ‘Not for profit’, meaning that it will make as much profit as possible to then fund local initiatives. So for every pound you spend in there you’ll be helping our youngsters and start-up creative businesses. A perfect fit for our community projects program, meaning our financial support and assistance will multiply on into the creation, over time, of more local businesses and jobs. Perfect!
So we provided a bit of financial support as well as financial guidance and help with the strategy and getting things moving locally. And the rest has been amazing. Jenna’s grit and determination was clearly infectious. Her crowd funding / sourced methods and open ‘Join me’ plea to the community sparked a whole host of people to step forward to donate time, small amounts of cash and bits and pieces that would be useful to the hub. And the results are really impressive:
Ground floor: retail shop for local artists, crafters and artisan producers. The perfect place to shop for Christmas, birthdays, thanks you’s and gifts.
First floor: theHUB – creative hub for start-ups, freelancers, small businesses and people in the creative industries. There are two rooms that can be hired / used for workshops and meetings as well as hot desk work spaces and an honesty serve yourself coffee bar.
Top floor: theSTUDIO – Ruach Music and Leanne Magill photography are based up there and the two empty studio spaces already have interest.
‘Yes, we are OPEN’ sign that went up yesterday
So now the doors are open it’s important for the locals to do their bit by going in, having a look around and, if you see anything you like, ‘Buy local’ to support our local businesses.
Well done Jenna and to the MADE in Mourne team and everyone in the local community who has done their bit to help get the doors open. It just goes to show you what can be done if we work together.
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