Talent and Hunter Charles, both part of the Talent Group, have announced a move to a new office at Shakespeare’s Globe.
This move comes at a time of exceptional growth for the global business despite the impact of COVID-19, as Talent and Hunter Charles continue to build their presence throughout the United Kingdom and the EMEA, APAC and USA regions.
The theatre and arts sector has been heavily impacted by the pandemic. Despite outdoor theatres being allowed to reopen since the 11th of July, many spaces including Shakespeare’s Globe are remaining closed until 2021 due to social distancing rules making shows economically unviable.
As the Talent Group’s previous lease came to an end in July, they looked for a flexible, temporary office space that could welcome their staff in a safe environment. Knowing how difficult this time would be for the Globe, an independent charity with limited resources, Talent enquired about renting out a space from them – and they have since moved into the Globe’s education centre and rehearsal studios, just a stone’s throw away from the theatre.
The Talent Group’s charity foundation, Talent RISE, will also operate from Shakespeare’s Globe in these next six months. The community-focused foundation works to empower young unemployed people to find meaningful employment through education, mentoring and better access to the resources they need to secure a job.
While this move is only temporary and Talent have signed a six-month lease with Shakespeare’s Globe, both organisations are delighted to have found a way to support each other with the resources they each have available.
Ian Dixon, COO of Shakespeare’s Globe, said: “As we are currently unable to use the space ourselves for our education activities, we’re very happy to be able to provide the Talent and Hunter Charles team with a suitable office space, as they begin returning to a ‘normal’ working life. This is a truly mutually beneficial partnership between our two organisations, and we’re grateful for their support at this challenging time.”
Kevin Board, Talent’s London Director, said: “This is a fantastic move for us and the space is ideal for our team, with a ready-made kitchen and breakout area in what was formerly a café.
Not only are we able to provide some support to one of the UK’s hardest-hit sectors, we’re also part of a wider cluster of independent businesses – Sackler Studios is close to Borough Market, London’s most renowned food and drink market and a supplier of local, British products.
Supporting each other during these difficult times is the most important thing businesses can do, and I’m proud that Talent and Hunter Charles can help do their part to bring the British economy back up to speed."