The Werks Group provides supportive environments for creative companies and individuals to succeed. Places where you will enjoy working and thrive alongside other creatives doing amazing things.
You can be sure that we have the right space for you from drop-in digital coworkers and makers to larger creative companies; and from social enterprises to designers, geeks and artists.
We have space at the right price to get you started and for you to grow: flexible space to enable rapid change when you need it, but also with the stability you need, because we take the risk out of moving and managing workspace.
We have been working on this for over 20 years so we think we know what is good value and what works best. As well as workspace we provide support when you need it from creative business planning, to access to markets, work sharing and routes to finance.
Each of our locations work hard to develop an internal creative community sharing ideas and work opportunities, supported by supportive events, networks and showcasing.
Since March 2014 we have re-structured to bring together a great team of managers and tech specialists to provide the best chance of success when you are located with The Werks Group. Read about our skilled team below.
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Ian Elwick CEO
I do this job because I love making a difference to the working lives of creative people so that together we can help the sector to grow and develop. I am a designer by training and experience, so now I use design thinking to structure what we do and apply this when I act as a consultant to other creative companies, for example, the work I do with Elwick Bouette Partnership.
I first set up the organisation in 1992 as Brighton Media Centre (BMC) as the first digital hub anywhere. It was a pioneer and by 1998 we had won an award from the government for ‘Regeneration Through Partnership’. By 2000 over 500 creative businesses had come through the hub and in 2002 I left to work as a creative consultant.
I came back to my love of direct action and set up The Werks in Hove in 2007 as the first Coworking Centre south of London. In 2014 we were able to bring Werkshop and BMC together and start to bring scale to the supportive work we do.
Martin Bouette CCO: Chief Creative Officer
I am a designer and researcher so I am passionate about creative entrepreneurship which was the topic for my PhD. Since 2005 I have set up dozens of courses for creative entrepreneurs which culminated in 2009 in my founding the first creative MBA in the UK at UCA. In 2012 I set up Elwick Bouette Partnership with Ian to offer support for creative and carry out creative research. Since joining Werkshop as a director in 2014 I have been able to help the organisation by developing creative support programmes and helping to pursue funding for new venues.
Helen Katsouris: General Manager
I seem to have become our internal hub: the go-to person for all the things that we do so that your business doesn’t have to worry over the detail. From accounts and management through to fire safety, HR and risk assessment I am the one responsible for an amazing variety of decisions and regulations compliance. From supporting the organisation through some difficult times, we have come through and are now poised to fulfill an ambitious investment programme.
My qualifications in business management and my background in catering, events and running other small businesses ensures that I always know what to do and when to do it. I am also fluent in Greek: a great advantage when I am under pressure as I can sound off and no-one knows what I am saying!
Tina Sutcliffe: Site Manager
I run the Werks Central building in Middle Street as well as Pier Werks on Old Steine. My long career in administration, my creative degree and my background in the film industry and as a production manager at South Africa’s largest TV production company helps me to understand what our creative clients need. I have also run large events here including for the Brighton Fringe and we are planning new workshops and support sessions.
Louise Seedhouse: Site Manager and Accounts Support
I run The Werks and Westwerks in Hove and provide a lot of general support for admin, ICT and accounts. The buildings I run have a lot of special people in them and my experience in retail and administration has helped a lot on being able to support them and deliver a good service and run events where everyone meets up. Previously I have been trained in IT and been webmaster to another organization and this experience is also helping The Werks Group to develop.
Mel Bamford: Community Manager
I run the Werks Central in Middle street Brighton and help oversee the café in the building. I also manage our events with regular and one-off bookings in all our various spaces. I enjoy building up our full calendar and having a strong creative community in the company and the city. My previous experience as an events manager has helped me book large events and manage them from start to finish easily.
Jack Shoebridge: Assistant Site Manager
Having completed my business admin level 2 apprenticeship within The Werks Group, I am now in the role of Assistant Site Manager. My new job role includes working across 3 of our sites, showing potential clients around our buildings, creating our monthly eNews that is sent out to all of our clients and marketing our spaces. I am continuing to develop my skills by taking a level 3 business admin course alongside my work schedule.
Ellie Blackmore: Administration & Finance
With my skills and qualifications in IT, mathematics, statistics and admin I have been able to help strengthen The Werks Group admin team covering reception and accounts support. My previous experience at Royal Mail and The Argus Leader gave me the confidence to support our clients and develop my skills even more. I am always enthusiastic in my work as every day is different at The Werks Group and I can see that I am learning more as we progress.
Andy Frape: Maintenance Manager
Having been in the building industry for over 30 years there is almost nothing which I can’t build, fix or put back together. I have been with BMC and The Werks Group since it started in 1992, and there were times I had to be inventive when budgets were stretched. I love my work because we have a great team and great clients who appreciate what we do for them: no two days are ever the same! Sport is my passion, but football is my favourite.
Samantha Armstrong: Administration Apprentice
As one of the newest members of the team, I’ve been really enjoying learning new skills from the others – whether that be in IT, accounts or even gaining studio equipment knowledge! I work on reception across 3 of our sites and love being part of such a diverse, friendly team. I’m looking forward to seeing what the future holds for me at The Werks Group!
Dennis Cumming: Receptionist
I commenced early retirement from the National Probation Service on a Friday and started work with The Werks Group the following Monday. This was meant to be for a few weeks over the summer months, two years later I am still here. I currently cover reception duties at Pier Werks and The Werks on Monday’s and Friday’s. Of course, I am always accompanied by Head of Security, Toby his King Charles Cavalier Spaniel.
Rachel Entwhistle: Site Manager at Coachwerks
As part of the Coachwerks community I am there to help it develop into a vibrant art and events space. I have several roles at Coachwerks, which include meeting and showing potential new artists around, booking workshops & general admin, caretaking of the building & studios, facilitating meetings and being the point of contact for tenants. I am also a resident artist and work in Coachwerks as a potter.
John Anderson: Maintenance and Technical
In addition to helping fix the roof, rebuilding and general maintenance of Coachwerks I also work in the tech co-working space. Here I design instruments and devices for measuring things. Two areas that I am currently working in involve the use of mobile phones to measure colour and using x-rays to measure the composition of powders.
Don Elwick: Building Consultant
I qualified in Psychology with a B. Sc., and went into teaching. After some time I changed career, into the field of building restoration and conversion, working on large commercial and domestic contracts, specialising in remedial work. I ran my own building company, Brighton Building Services, and in 1996 I moved over to BMC, becoming the MD in 2000. I retired from this in 2013 to develop my own Psychotherapy practice part time. Along with this I also Project Manage building projects and maintenance for the growing Werk Hubs organisation.