Founder, Green Rooms
Nick Hartwright is one of London’s leading social entrepreneurs. He is a huge supporter of the arts and culture-based projects, and wants to make them accessible to all. In the first instance he is a place-maker and has been, and is, involved in a number of exciting regeneration projects in the capital that are ultimately making people’s lives, and communities, better.
His projects are about regeneration not gentrification, and all of Nick’s spaces are sustainable, deliverable and affordable. He takes on derelict buildings, places that might be crumbling, and works with local authorities to restore them, give them a new lease of life and make them focal points in local and creative communities. Nick is committed to making London’s art scene flourish, and is incredibly supportive of creative minds. To this end, he recently opened Green Rooms, the UK’s first arts-led independent social enterprise hotel. Situated on Station Road in Wood Green, it is already changing the shape and face of the area.
Nick is co-founder of The Mill Co. Project, a social enterprise that provides work and project spaces at extremely competitive rates for artists and small creative companies. Tenants are provided with a space to work in, performance areas and stages to put on shows or exhibitions by night, a network of other artists to collaborate with, a creative agency they can work with, and a store where they can sell their products. Under Nick’s stewardship The Mill Co. Project has grown incredibly quickly. Starting in 2010, it now operates 8 buildings and nearly 200,000 square foot of workspace, theatre space, cafes, bars and restaurants across London, and supports over 150 SMEs.