2023 has been quite a ride! Today we look back on another twelve months at Baltic Creative with our 2023 year review.

This year, we welcomed new businesses, played host to events that brought our community together, and worked with over thirty-five partners.

In the midst of celebration, it’s hard to ignore the challenges of this year and the struggles faced by many. As we navigate through these times, Baltic Creative remains committed to providing not just workspaces, but a supportive community that understands and empathises with the challenges faced.

Once again we’re grateful to everyone for sticking with us for another year! Join us as we look through the highlights that defined 2023. 

Community growth

This year, we welcomed 14 new businesses to our community, ranging from marketing agencies to a tech accelerator, pottery painting studio and more! We love to see so much diversity in the creative and digital sector.

Baltic Creative CEO Lynn Haime (L) with Claire Lewis, CEO of Baltic Ventures (R).
Baltic Ventures settled into Digital House in March 2023.

Continuing support

Beyond providing workspaces, we dedicated twenty-two hours to free business and wellbeing support – from essential EDI training to invigorating yoga classes and wellbeing drop-in sessions. We also continued to spotlight businesses through blogs and a new #CreativeCity series showcasing the fantastic work of our tenants!

Empowering events

We encouraged connection and collaboration with nine social and networking events, including Baltic Brews, a Macmillan Coffee Morning and a Christmas Party in Yonder, the new cafe in Digital House. A big highlight for us was our celebration for International Women’s Day in March with One Day LCR and former Liverpool mayor, Joanne Anderson. Over 100 people joined us in Love Lane Brewery to #EmbraceEquity and ask ‘What can we do next?’ to support women.

Joanne Anderson speaking at the International Women’s Day event in Love Lane Brewery.

A city-wide celebration ????????

In May, we joined the rest of Liverpool in celebrating Eurovision 2023! Our local area came alive with exhibitions, murals, installations and events. We released a blog showcasing all of the fantastic businesses that contribute to our city’s buzzing music scene; and we collaborated with the Baltic Triangle Area CIC to give our shutters a musical refresh and support the opening of the Jamaica Street Peace Garden.

Artistic endeavours

Also in May, we were proud to welcome a brand new exhibition to our Shed space. The Displaced: Ukrainian Women of Liverpool is a story of hope, told through portraits by Ean Flanders and the conversations that happened during. The project allowed these women to have their voices heard and we were so pleased to accommodate it in our space.

We also worked with The Windows Project, unveiling an important new mural celebrating the work of poet, Levi Tafari. In October we launched a Gallery Wall at our Northern Lights space to support the artists in that community. Finally, we marked the 9th-anniversary of the McKeown Rice Exhibition Space with a new installation from Liverpool Biennial artist, Rudy Loewe.

Recognition

It’s always great to be recognised! Being shortlisted for the NW Business of the Year awards was a big highlight from this year. We also celebrated Baltic Creative CEO, Lynn Haime’s win at the Inspiring Women in Property Awards in October. Lynn not only won Woman of the Year in Property (Commercial), she then went on to win the overall winner’s winner Woman of the Year!

Lynn Haime (front, second from left) with other winners and Oti Mabuse at the Inspiring Women in Property Awards.

Collaboration

Our commitment to collaboration extended beyond our walls, and involved us engaging with other creative hubs and community organisations. In June 2023, we celebrated our partnership with Make CIC and the impact for local creatives. We had four team away days visiting fantastic hubs in Liverpool, the Wirral and in Manchester. We also welcomed a host of UK and International delegations to our buildings from Liverpool to Lancashire, Germany and the USA. These connections are a testament to our belief that success is not an isolated endeavour but a collective journey!


As we wave goodbye to 2023, we look ahead with excitement and anticipation. Next year, Baltic Creative celebrates its 15th anniversary—an incredible milestone marking a decade and a half of creativity, collaboration, and community-building.

So, get ready for another year of exciting ventures, memorable events, and growth of a thriving community! If you’re interested in joining us in 2024, take a look at our available spaces and start the New Year in a new office. ????

Watch the video below to see our year in numbers.