Jam Jar Studios

Life at Jam Jar Studios: Red Square Design

Red Square Design moved to Jam Jar after spending some years in Ouseburn. They were recommended by a networking colleague and we were impressed with the layout and concept from the off as it was similar to what we were used to in Ouseburn, but a level up in terms of spec.

We’re a creative digital design company helping businesses and business owners with their marketing and promotional needs, both online and in print, and we liked the idea of being part of the Jam Jar family. Everyone was very welcoming, friendly, helpful and considerate.

Now that we’re here we bump into fellow creatives, chat in the cafe and breakout areas, watch World Cup football and even do Joe Wicks HIIT sessions in the green room – how many businesses can boast about that?

We are also fortunate to have our own shower facilities, meaning we can continue to get our training sessions in and then get totally refreshed to continue the working day.

We are close to Gateshead’s shops, banks and transport links, but also within walking distance of Newcastle city centre, so it’s very handy indeed… although our staff who live in Gateshead are very grateful they don’t have to cross the dreaded Tyne Bridge every day.

Gateshead seems to be working to improve its image but I feel it still has a long way to go and should be encouraging smaller independent businesses to set up home and not just the large corporates, a mistake which has unfortunately seen the closure of some small retailers.

As for parking, there are areas within walking distance of Jam Jar where it is possible to park free all day; although Gateshead parking in general can sometimes be a bit of an issue.

To sum up, this has been a great move for us and we look forward to spending more years as part of the Jam Jar family.

You can find out more about us at redsqdesign.co.uk.

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Demand Country demands a good studio

My name is Graeme Paterson and I’m a TV producer for Keep It Country TV – Europe’s only dedicated country music channel. We broadcast across Europe and around the world on Sky (376), Freesat (516) and Freeview (HD enabled areas) as well as online via keepitcountry.tv.

One of the shows I produce is called Demand Country – a viewer-request show hosted by Charlie Stewart (a former professional footballer for Grimsby Town and a qualified tennis coach, for the record!)

Keep It Country

We’d previously been using a studio in Newcastle City Centre (just a few miles across the Tyne from Jam Jar Studios) – small and basic, but it did the job.  Unfortunately – and quite literally overnight – we discovered the studio had closed down, just days before we were due to film, leaving us with an urgent need to find a new home.

‘Should be easy enough,’ I thought. ‘Just have a look on Google – there’s bound to be a plenty of studios around the North East that we can use.’

Plenty of studios, yes… if you’re a photographer! But green screen studios for television production?  That’s a different matter!

Thankfully, Jam Jar Studios was there to fill the gap. I fired off an email on a Friday afternoon and asked if there was any chance I could pop along to have a look around.  Within the hour I was standing in the biggest green screen studio I’d ever seen, explaining my predicament to Jam Jar’s big boss man, Chris Taylor.  By the time I left, we’d agreed on a plan to work together and I’ve never looked back.

The staff are all great, so friendly and helpful – nothing’s a problem to them.  From Lauren on reception to the guys who always poke their head around the door when we arrive to check if there’s anything else we need – you couldn’t wish for a better crew. Access to the studio is ideal; it’s modern and bright with a cafe area downstairs, and there’s always the WiFi, should we need it.

I’d have absolutely no hesitation in recommending Jam Jar Studios – they have been simply fantastic in every way and the Demand Country team is looking forward to continuing our relationship with them in the future.

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Join the Jam Jar community

Jam Jar Studio will not only house the North East’s largest, purpose built soundproofed green-screen studio, it will also be the home of Superkrush, the creative video agency.

We won’t fill the place though, so we’ve got a couple of offices, just crying out for like-minded creative types of any description, who are looking for a new home. 

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What do you do with an old workingmen’s club, past its sell-by date but with loads of interesting spaces ? Turn it into a studio of course!

Jam Jar Studios is located in an ex-working mens club in the Windmill Hills area of Gateshead. We came up with the name after finding out that years ago, the Club  – like many others in the area – used to show feature films for members and their families. As times were tight, you could pay for your entrance in with jam jars or bottles, which had a ha’penny or penny deposit. It just seemed a perfect name, linking the old with the new.

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