A new business hub supported by the City is bringing Curtin University students to Subiaco to help encourage growth and diversity of the local economy.
The hub – which is on Rowland Street, just off the main Rokeby Road strip – is serving as an off-campus studio space for the university’s School of Design and Built Environment students who are using it to undertake project work, assignments, tutorials, industry engagement projects, and learning and research initiatives.
Activating a previously underutilised prime office location owned by Hiddlestone Bros, it’s hoped the hub will help support local businesses, increase footfall in the town centre, and attract new businesses and start-ups.
The space initially formed as part of a partnership between Hiddlestone Bros, the City of Subiaco and Curtin University’s School of Design and Built Environment with ongoing collaboration planned.
Recently, students gained valuable experience through a design hunt competition as part of the City’s Celebrate Subi event series; the competition involved a number of local businesses and encouraged visitors to pop into different Subiaco businesses.
Subiaco Mayor Penny Taylor said the hub was a win-win for Subiaco and its business community.
“This initiative is not only helping to support growth and diversity of our local economy and community, it’s also ensuring the next generation of entrepreneurs and creatives are real-world ready,” she said.
The Hiddlestone family have a long history with Subiaco’s business community having celebrated its centenary in Subiaco last year. Hub Manager Kim Charles said she was so pleased they could be supporting the community and fellow local businesses through this unique hub, to grow and prosper in the future.
The business hub is in place for one year but may be extended.