Fledgling digital and creative companies in Warrington have received a boost, with the announcement of a new collaboration and co-working space at the town’s Pyramid Arts Centre.
The news comes after homegrown digital agency Carpe Diem signed terms with creative arts and heritage provider Culture Warrington to move into the arts centre, based in the heart of the town centre, where Carpe Diem will set up the new digital hub.
The deal – signed this week – will see the agency move to the Pyramid’s top floor from its current offices at The Base, in Dallam Lane, having doubled in size whilst tenants there.
The move should be completed by October this year following an extensive refit in preparation for the facility to reflect Pyramid’s renewed focus on Performance, Music and Digital.
Emma Hutchinson, Managing Director of Culture Warrington, added: “This new collaboration with Carpe Diem is a real game-changer for Warrington and helps us to re-establish the Pyramid Arts Centre as a beacon for the town’s digital and creative identity.
“It marks the first phase of some really ambitious plans we have to transform the Pyramid offer to one of creative arts acceleration and incubation – a place that champions the arts for all ages, giving local and international talent a platform to experiment, evolve and launch.”
Bill Carr, Carpe Diem’s CEO, is a regular investor in disruptive tech and digital innovation and the Institute of Directors Chair for Cheshire. He brokered the deal alongside Carpe Diem’s Managing Creative Director Saul Peake and the team at Culture Warrington.
“We’ve been ‘Warrington-and-proud’ for more than 20 years, but this move is one that excites me more than any before,” said Bill. “We’re absolutely delighted to be working with Culture Warrington on this project.
“We’ve fought for the visibility and potential of Warrington’s amazing tech community and now we can realise those aims with a dedicated destination.
“Together with Culture Warrington, we aim to make the top floor of the Pyramid a home for anyone interested in digital technology; initially as a co-working space with regular events and then as a space for support, debate and guidance for companies looking to transform through tech.
“From there, the goal is to evolve our own consultancy-led offer, before launching accelerator programmes for start-up digital businesses.”
With an initial membership capped at 50, interested companies and individuals can register as potential members of the digital hub, or apply for more information via the website at www.carpe-diem.co.uk.