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hiraethified
Interesting to note that they think that they're best known for "Mega parties and all-day festivals"...


I was told that they charge a fucking fortune in hire charges too.
 

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hiraethified
Would you believe it? it's the exact same story in Peckham as it is in Brixton. It's unprofitable, has little connection with the existing community and the 'community hours' are all bollocks too.

Alongside these structural issues, Peckham Levels’ community focus wasn’t nearly as present as the food vendors had anticipated. The venture is yet to turn a profit, meaning that the commitment to donate 10 percent of its profits to a community fund is yet to be fulfilled. Make Shift told VICE that as it doesn’t expect Peckham Levels to become profitable until its third or fourth year, so has contributed its own money to that fund in the meantime. This is good, but it does mean that Make Shift gets to determine the amount that it will donate. (This amount was not disclosed to VICE).

Meanwhile, community hours, which are part of every Peckham Levels member’s contract, go largely unfulfilled, according to all the food vendors I spoke to. The service-level agreement between Southwark Council and Make Shift outlines the company's initial commitment to "deliver 3,600 hours training or equivalent community benefit," but admits that it has "struggled to make this work in a meaningful way."
The question of who, exactly, Peckham Levels is for became a problem for other food vendors too. Rose Whyte was invited by Make Shift to open her bakery, Blue Haired Baker, at the site in February 2019. As a Peckham local, she also saw a disparity between the demographic in Peckham Levels and on the street outside.

“For me personally, as a person from the community, from a working-class background, I always wonder, where are these things for people like me, or people I know?,” Whyte tells me over the phone. “A lot of the people who go there aren't of the community.”

After a two-month stint, she decided to leave.
What’s more, the majority of Peckham Levels’ studio spaces, which were promoted as a way to support local creatives and entrepreneurs, do not appear to be rented to Peckham residents. According to Make Shift, the percentage of Southwark residents in the studio spaces is “70 percent to date,” but the quarterly report states that currently, only 62 percent are from Southwark, while less than half (45 percent) are from Peckham.
Peckham Has a Gentrification Problem. A Converted Car Park Wanted to Solve It
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
Would you believe it? it's the exact same story in Peckham as it is in Brixton. It's unprofitable, has little connection with the existing community and the 'community hours' are all bollocks too.




Peckham Has a Gentrification Problem. A Converted Car Park Wanted to Solve It
Read the whole article.

Agree its exactly the same story.

Why did Southwark Council do a profit share? Did they not look at Pop Brixton? Its now part of Pop business practice to agree to profit share. Which won't happen.

All the rest of article is same as Brixton.

Was this article written by Brixton Buzz? No by Vice. Expect criticism of Vice for its sloppy journalism:rolleyes:

Its kind of depressing to be proved right about the Pop business model.

Btw saw Our new leader Cllr Jack hanging out in Pop Brixton today. Meets all Progress Labours requirements for a progressive future.

The only good thing about saving Peckham levels is that the cinema stays.
 
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hiraethified
This comment in the FB Reclaim Brixton group nailed it:

So, as whitewashed as Pop Brixton, and as unable to entirely fulfil the social obligations or deliver the social benefits it promised. Now there's a surprise. Another vehicle for gentrification, and the whitewashing of a vibrant multicultural area into somewhere safe for the monied middle classes, come to soak up the "edgy" Peckham vibe. Problem being that their touristic impulses contribute to destroying the vibe.
Still, you can sell any idea to councils by promising a few social benefits. They'll roll over for developers at the drop of a hat.
 

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hiraethified
What does urban think of this 'Little Leaders' event. £22.25 for each kid taking part, with 'celeb talk,' a 'pamper parlour' and 'braid bar.'
Title: Little Leaders
Date: Sunday 1 September 2019
Time: 11:00 to 18:00
Location: Pop Brixton, 49 Brixton Station Road, London, SW9 8PQ
Description:
Little Leaders is London's first little-fest celebrating & empowering children of ethnic backgrounds. We are inviting children from all ethnicities and cultural backgrounds, from ages 5-12yrs to join us for a fun-filled day, with plenty of workshops designed to promote confidence, self-love, safeness, connectedness and knowledge.
Come and participate in workshops involving: art, drama, storytelling, dance, the pamper parlour, braid bar, celeb talk, marketplace and so much more!

Cost: Children £22.15 (£16.76 each for 2 or more), Adults £0.00

Tickets: Little Leaders Fest
 

ska invita

back on the other side
Would someone mind doing a short begginers guide recap to what Pop promised/obligations are and how it's failed? It's a long thread and hard to find that exact info. Would appreciate it.
 

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hiraethified
Would someone mind doing a short begginers guide recap to what Pop promised/obligations are and how it's failed? It's a long thread and hard to find that exact info. Would appreciate it.

It was supposed to be Grow Brixton but quickly become Booze Brixton.
Grow:Brixton team to transform empty space at Pope’s Road in Brixton

It's lost shitloads of money for three years in a row.
Backfiring Pop Brixton registers losses for the third year in a row as Lambeth declares it a community success story

This article sums it all up:
Exclusive: Grow Brixton to Pop Brixton – how a green oasis for the community turned into a 21st Century business park.
 

ChrisSouth

Well-Known Member
It's not uncommon for start-up organizations not to turn a profit for the first few years. It depends on their business plan. The difficulty is the information provided to/from Companies House, often isn't a reflection of what's actually going on.
 

Monkeygrinder's Organ

Dodgy geezer swilling vapid lager
It's not uncommon for start-up organizations not to turn a profit for the first few years. It depends on their business plan.
This is true but Pop was supposed to be short term. It would be an odd business plan that projected first making a profit in year 5 of a 2 year project.

Unless the intention was always that it would be there much longer than they claimed of course. :hmm:
 

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hiraethified
It's not uncommon for start-up organizations not to turn a profit for the first few years. It depends on their business plan. The difficulty is the information provided to/from Companies House, often isn't a reflection of what's actually going on.
Except that was planned to be a very short term development from the very start with Lambeth dishing out the land for free in return for a share of the profits - of which there has been none - despite the lease being constantly extended in an attempt to get something back from this disaster. Yet Lambeth have declared Pop Brixton to be a roaring success.

Grow: Brixton bid aims to, “bring together the local residents of Brixton through performance, making and growing."
Yeah, right.
 

Gramsci

Well-Known Member
It's not uncommon for start-up organizations not to turn a profit for the first few years. It depends on their business plan. The difficulty is the information provided to/from Companies House, often isn't a reflection of what's actually going on.
Even big ones like Uber don't turn a profit for years.

I blame the ideological mindset of our New Labour Cllrs for this farce.

They spend a lot of their time attacking the present leadership of Labour party over Brexit and Anti semitism.

As they want return to the good old days of the Third Way.

Business friendly believing in entrepreneurs.

Its not a surprise to me that Pop isnt going to profit share with Council. Why would they if they could find way out of it?

New Labour politicians are incredibly naive about how business works.
 

CH1

"Red Guard"(NLYL)
The idea of entrepreneurs as creators of employment is rather like re-grading social housing into "affordable" housing.

It enables the politicos to claim to be addressing an issue - and by redefining the issue they can avoid responsibility by and large.

PS I love the idea that Jeremy Hunt is going to forgive the students fees of those who become entrepreneurs. Sounds completely upside down thinking on a par with the Help to Buy scheme - scientifically proven only to help the best off.
 

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hiraethified
The idea of entrepreneurs as creators of employment is rather like re-grading social housing into "affordable" housing.

It enables the politicos to claim to be addressing an issue - and by redefining the issue they can avoid responsibility by and large.

PS I love the idea that Jeremy Hunt is going to forgive the students fees of those who become entrepreneurs. Sounds completely upside down thinking on a par with the Help to Buy scheme - scientifically proven only to help the best off.
Pretty much bang on. And it suggests that the reason why people are poor and struggling is simply because they're not entrepreneurial enough rather than the fucking shitty system that's screwing them over.
 
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