Creative Hubkit

Creative Hubkit – Made by hubs for emerging hubs

The Creative HubKit is a free toolkit for people looking to set up a hub. It is made up of best practice examples, helpful experiences and tried and tested approaches from some of the most successful hubs in the UK and Europe.

This HubKit aims to illustrate some of the experiences and approaches from those building successful and sustainable hubs. Hubs cannot simply be a response to a space opportunity but need their community at the forefront. The HubKit explains why engaging with your community of users from the start can lead to a much more holistic and sustainable model (refer to pp.2 in the Creative HubKit).

Creative Edinburgh and Creative Dundee were commissioned to develop the Creative HubKit, a toolkit for people looking to:

  • set up their own hub;
  • diversify their existing hub; or
  • understand the hub movement from an outside perspective.

Whether you are considering setting up a new creative hub, are a hub manager who is looking for an alternative business model, or are a funder who is exploring the different financial structures of hubs; the HubKit will give you insights into how creative hubs are formed, structured and sustained (refer to pp.3 in the Creative HubKit)

Anyone who runs a hub (refer to pp.4-5 in the Creative HubKit for a definition of creative hubs) will understand how complex the role is and how ever-changing the business model can be, each being as unique as fingerprints.  The Creative HubKit aims to give you the tools to help you work through the design and purpose of your own hub while understanding the invaluable nature that your community plays in its success.

Made by hubs for emerging hubs, the Creative HubKit also includes helpful case studies from Watershed, CodeBase, Baltic Creative, FuseBox, Hackney WickED,Impact Hub Birmingham, Cardiff Start and Residence, with European examples from Factoria Cultural and FabLab Lisboa.


Developed by Creative Edinburgh & Creative Dundee

Commissioned by the British Council
Supported by Creative England
Designed by Martin Baillie