Boris Johnson, joined by Tottenham Hotspur ambassador Ledley King, MP David Lammy and the leader of Haringey Council, Claire Kober, were just a few of the attendees opening 639 Tottenham, a new enterprise, business and volunteer centre hoping to pave the way for a new generation of positivity well away from the destructive scenes witnessed a few years ago during the riots which hit the area.
After three years studying film production at university, learning craft and creative skills, young entrepreneur and filmmaker Jasmine left feeling deflated when looking at her options for employment.
The recession had just begun and jobs were hard to come by. That was when Jasmine decided to start [ilink url=”http://www.bokocreative.co.uk”]Boko Creative[/ilink] , her own video production company. Alongside her partner Adam Neale, she was able to offer herself and other graduates a chance to be creative within a successful business and show what they can do, making a positive difference to the local community.
Armed with just with one camera, Jasmine and Adam started getting low paid jobs sporadically. Working all hours of the day, they began making promotional videos for club nights in London, and before they knew it, word had spread. Now after two years of trading they have found themselves expanding the team to 6 people and working for some of the worlds leading brands including Coca-Cola, Nespresso and Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.
“Access to low cost and low commitment space has been essential to the growth of the business. We couldn’t have grown without the support and help of the London Youth Support Trust. We’re really excited to be moving into new, bigger premises.”
On route to the opening, London mayor Boris Johnson cycled through London and took note of how “it had happened in Hackney and is next set to happen in Tottenham.” He was talking about the artistic revival of the East end of London and how “Tech City now employs 14000 people and has transformed the area.”
Boris stated that “innovative projects such as 639 would be the teeming birthplace for the re-generation of North of London.”
To that end Jasmine is currently working on a new arm of the company, which aims to engage local young people in video production projects.