The Design District, in the heart of the Greenwich Peninsula, is a collection of 16 buildings designed to foster collaboration for creative businesses and to support the creative community who are hoping to grow post-2020 and after the effects of COVID-19.
For us at BookMachine, the lockdowns of 2020 meant moving 100% online – which in turn increased the number of ways the publishing community all around the world could access our events, insights and courses tailored specifically to the industry.
It’s our hope that, in setting up a new workplace in the Design District, we can create a community of publishing professionals together with Novellic and LoveReading (promoting an environment of collaboration over competition within the industry), provide knowledge and opportunities for everyone in publishing – no matter where they are around the world or in their careers – and continue to grow our membership widely, especially into the U.S. market.
The new office will also act as our launchpad for future development – which hopefully means even more brilliant perks for both new and existing members!
I’m a remote employee at BookMachine, so I’m looking forward to visiting the office when I can. However, our Director, Laura, will be making use of our office space more permanently.
She says, “Although we have been able to grow during the pandemic, having a hub of creative colleagues to work alongside is really going to enhance how we work. We have been watching the Design District plans unfold for years now, and can’t wait to move in and be part of an exciting new space for creative professionals to unite!”
We also hope to grow the BookMachine Creative Agency, our marketing arm where we specialise in marketing and digital product development for book-related businesses. Find out more about the Agency.
There has been so much uncertainty over the last year and a half – but also a period of intense innovation and bursts of creativity, with new ventures and initiatives created from the pandemic that are now seeking to flourish and thrive.
With affordable spaces, comprehensive facilities and flexible leases, this new space is here to help do just that – and not just for publishing. Within the Design District will be architects, musicians, fashion designers and many other creative professionals, all working closely alongside each other, inspiring each other and allowing us to tap into the wider cultural landscape. We’re so excited to be part of it all!
If you want to learn more about setting up in the creative hub of the Design District, find out more here.
Aimee Dewar is Marketing and Design Manager at BookMachine, where she leads the branding of both BookMachine Community and Creative Agency and manages their social media presences. Having completed a Publishing MA in 2016, Aimee joined the team in April 2020, where she helps to grow and nurture the BookMachine membership community and industry partners, and works with Agency clients on asset design and digital marketing – from visuals for impactful social media advertising to crafting engaging copy for websites, blogs and case studies. @AimeeDewar
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