Unity in enterprise as Leeds start-ups collaborate
Two up-and-coming businesses based at Unity’s Chapeltown Enterprise Centre have agreed to work together to provide a diverse range of new services for young people – and old.
Inspirations Central formally opens its doors this weekend as a hub for children and parents to make music, create works of art, socialise and enjoy refreshments.
Owner Ruth Douglas spotted a gap in the market for a relaxed, creative environment for mothers and fathers to take their kids.
Inspirations Central will offer activities for all ages from parent and toddler groups, to private music lessons and holiday clubs. The space can also be hired for children’s parties and evening craft events for adults.
And, in a tie-up that benefits both businesses and their customers, Ruth and her team will provide a daytime service for parents and carers who want to drop-off their children before using the first-class gym facilities at C’Town Studio on the same Mexborough Grove site.
Established 18 months ago by Michael Kamara, C’Town Studio is a multi-purpose fitness suite which offers a range of classes including yoga, Pilates, Zumba and circuit training. It is also home to Chapeltown Kickboxing Club and Mandela Runners.
Ruth Douglas, a mum of two, said: “As a music teacher and former primary school teacher, I have seen at first-hand the positive impact music and art can have on children. The aim of Inspirations Central is to encourage children to use their imagination, be creative and enjoy themselves.
“Although we have been operational for a few weeks, we’re very excited by this weekend’s official launch and the opportunity to showcase what we do. Our doors will be open to all from 1pm-3pm on both Friday and Saturday (23 and 24 June) for refreshments, live music and we’ll also have a few rocket-related freebies for the kids.
“Our partnership with Michael – which will allow parents to have a work-out or attend a class whilst we look after their children – will enable many more people to take advantage of the very different offerings we have available.”
Michael Kamara said: “I’m delighted by the progress C’Town Studio has made over the last 18 months and we continue to go from strength to strength with the addition of new courses and services including meditation and Reiki.
“Our tie-up with Ruth will allow us to expand our membership even further and help more people to get fit.
“Exciting times lie ahead.”
Inspirations Central and C’Town Studio were brought together by Unity Enterprise manager Adrian Green.
Chapeltown Enterprise Centre is one of three facilities operated by Unity Enterprise, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Unity Homes and Enterprise.
Two of the sites – Chapeltown Enterprise Centre and Unity Business Centre – recently benefitted from a £1.4 million refurbishment programme.
The third – Leeds Media Centre – is home to Made in Leeds TV, alongside a range of independent media and music companies, education providers and community projects.
Ali Akbor, chief executive of Unity Homes and Enterprise, said: “Our three centres currently provide 130 managed workspaces for around 80 local businesses, social enterprises and third sector organisations.
“They have become true hubs of entrepreneurial activity, as evidenced by the increasing levels of collaboration between our tenants.
“The arrangement between Inspirations Central and C’Town Studio is a prime example of this. I wish Ruth and Michael every possible success with their joint venture.”