We’re absolutely over the moon to be awarded the Impact Award: Sustainable Business in the Arts at the Liverpool City Region Culture and Creativity Awards 2020, which celebrates businesses that are sustainable and make a significant contribution to economic growth within the arts, culture and creativity sector.

Our CIC model means that we reinvest all our profits into three key areas; our property, the creative and digital sector and last but by no means least, our tenants and community. Our creative and digital community-generated £16.6m GVA per annum in the financial year 2018-19, which represents an increase of over 60% in two years. 

Dr Fiona Armstrong-Gibbs, Chair of the Board at Baltic Creative, said,

“We’re absolutely delighted to be awarded this accolade. We have so many individuals and organisations to thank for our achievements thus far, from our funders, partners and supporters, to the grassroots artists, creative and tech community that we house and exist to serve. They truly are what makes Baltic Creative CIC the success it is today and we’re so excited for the future of our organisation and for the regions’ sector as a whole.”

With over 700 entries for this year’s award, equating to double the amount compared to last year, the ceremony featured some of the region’s most inspiring businesses. 

Mark Lawler, Managing Director at Baltic Creative, said,

“It’s been a challenging 12 months for all of us, especially creative and cultural businesses. To be part of this awards ceremony and to see so many fantastic businesses continuing to excel whilst faced with challenges and uncertainty, is nothing short of amazing. I personally would like to say thank you to our non-executive board of directors and our small team who work tirelessly to support our creative and digital community day-to-day.”

Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor for the Liverpool City Region Combined Authority, said: 

“We are all aware of the particular challenges that the cultural and creative sector have had to bear over the last 12 months, but as we saw from the nominations and finalists, we have a remarkable level of creativity, innovation and resilience in our city region. We are hugely proud of all of our entrants, finalists and winners. These awards are part of our cultural strategy to find, nurture, exhibit and promote creative energy in the Liverpool City Region and as we move forward to rebuild and recover from the pandemic we know our cultural and creative sector will be critical to helping us with this work.”