King Street Studios converts to a Community Interest Company to provide meetings and events space for the North Staffordshire area
A Newcastle-under-Lyme studio and workshop space has converted to Community Interest Company status to ensure it provides maximum value as a community asset.
King Street Studios was launched by local businessman and arts producer Peter Herbert in 2016.
It is home to the popular North Staffordshire music showcase HoneyBox Live and provides workshop and production space for both community groups and local businesses.
It is also hosts workshops for the Newcastle Business Improvement District (BID), is home to community music group Art Brasil, the North Staffordshire Autism and Asperger Association along with providing office space for Peter’s company, PH Production Services Ltd.
“We provide an affordable, easily accessible space for groups promoting community events and social inclusion,” said Peter. “Registering as a CIC has many benefits as it ensure the benefits of a project are used for the benefits of the community and promotes transparency as it is required to place an annual CIC report on the public record. Surpluses made through the CIC are reinvested for the benefit of the community.”
Since taking on the former church hall building in King Street, Newcastle, Peter has developed its community use and linked up with the town’s BID to provide a training space for members and a monthly networking meeting which is fully funded for BID companies. Income is supplemented by hiring out facilities to businesses for meetings and workshops.
It has two spaces, a meeting room and a large hall which lends itself to multiple uses such as training workshops and community meetings.
Peter Herbert founded PH Production Services Ltd in 2000, having worked across a wide range of roles in arts and entertainment over more than 30 years.
The company works in the arts arena, producing events for the Appetite programme, in Stoke-on-Trent, the Chester Mystery Plays and with touring productions. The company also organises and produces events for businesses and charities and specialises in filming and livestreaming events via social media platforms inc Facebook and YouTube.
Thanks to Nigel Howle