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  • Creative Hub partnership between Leeds Beckett University and AW Hainsworth continues to flourish

    AW Hainsworth, a specialist textile company has been an unrivalled market leader for over 230 years. In 2016, the Hainsworth family went into partnership with Leeds Beckett University to support the local talent of Yorkshire, opening a Creative Hub on site with AW Hainsworth. With over 25 years experience of supporting businesses through incubation, Leeds Beckett University offers a space for creative businesses to work from, alongside fellow business owners in similar industries, providing vital collaboration opportunities and support for tenants. With additional support such as access to business mentors and training the hub has been a great success. Get a flavour for some of the current tenants of the Creative Hub here:

    Kemapdoo Millar was one of the first tenants at the creative Hub, they are a headwear company specialising in ready to wear and custom made flat and baker boy style caps. In addition to Brits including Prince Charles, Idris Elba and Anthony Joshua as wearers of the hats, Kempadoo has customers in the US, Malaysia, Dubai, Russia and Burma. Rhian Kempadoo-Millar said ‘With the flat cap seeing a resurgence over the last few years, Kempadoo Millar has been at the heart of that. I want to put the Yorkshire cool back into the flat cap with something that is more funky than farmer.’

    Charlotte Luisa was set up by Charlotte, a lifelong fabric addict and designer. All bags are handmade in their studio at the Creative Hub. Charlotte said ‘Where possible we use high quality end of line, unloved fabrics to produce a range of bags and accessories that are both beautiful and ethical. Buying a Charlotte Luisa bag means that you are purchasing something beautiful, long lasting and guaranteed sweatshop free. Say no to disposable fashion, buy well, choose quality and it will last.’

    Shona Welford works as a Freelance Textile Designer mainly producing floral designs for women’s clothing. After studying at Cleveland College Art & Design she spent 3 years working for various High Street suppliers in London. During this time she provided and helped oversee the production of many printed women’s wear garments, gaining valuable insight and knowledge into the fashion industry. Relocating away from the ‘Big Smoke’ and setting up as a freelance textile designer was a tough decision, but one she doesn’t regret. “My designs are showcased around the world to clients in New York, Australia, LA, China, London and Europe. I mainly concentrate on floral designs, and have recently spotted deigns in Zara, Monsoon, and ASOS.”

    The Odd Bobbin creates personalised, handcrafted gifts and home accessories, all designed & made in the UK. From our studio in the Creative Hub, each product is hand cut and sewn using satin edge appliqué methods combined with machine embroidery. I use my attention to detail and understanding of design and colour to create products that evoke thought and care whilst remaining functional within the home.

    Peachybobs create a unique collection of towelling beachwear for adults. All items are handmade by Bobbie Peach who runs the business and also dyes the fabric herself so can create custom orders for customers.

    We have a rare opportunity to join the Creative Hub. We have a large office space (155m2) with built in private meeting room and additional storage facilities at our Creative Hub.

    The space would particularly benefit a manufacturing business and those focussed in the textile/fashion industry would provide perfect synergy with AW Hainsworth, we are however considering all types of industries in the first instance. To receive more information and arrange a viewing please contact the team on ubcleeds@leedsbeckett.ac.uk / 0113 812 4000 / https://www.leedsbeckett.ac.uk/ubc/about-us/locations/university-business-centre-leeds-creative-hub/

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