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Published 10th Jun 2011

The Craftery

A project to help fledgling retailers find their feet in Middlesbrough town centre is coming to an end.

The new businesses are now spreading their wings and moving on to new opportunities and locations – and Middlesbrough Council is on the look-out for the next batch of entrepreneurial hopefuls.

The Corner Emporium, at the Grange Road entrance to The Mall, has attracted thousands of visitors since it opened in December, giving up-and-coming traders a free opportunity to try out their business idea.

They also received a business-coaching package to help their business develop and grow.

The store will close on Saturday, June 11 with all ten the businesses successfully moving on to new premises.

The Craftery, The Curvaceous Wardrobe, Curious and Utopia all moving into their own units, while Michelle Parratt, Lauren Crawford and Fudge Fancies are continuing to sell through local stockists and Infinity Photography and Gadget This are moving into work/office space.

The newly renamed ‘Enchanted’ (formerly Mystic Light) has already found new premises at 301 Linthorpe Road and re-opens on Thursday, June 16.

To find out more about the businesses and what they have to offer, customers are welcome to visit the unit until it closes at 5pm on Saturday. Regular updates are also available at: www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/the-enterprise-arcade

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “These are tough times for everyone and it can be particularly hard for new businesses trying to establish themselves, so it’s great to see these enterprises getting off the ground.

“We have a great business community with bundles of entrepreneurial spirit, and we will continue to do everything we can to ensure it thrives.

“Businesses like these are vital to the town’s economy, and I look forward to welcoming the next cohort to the Corner Emporium.”

How to express interest in future projects

  • Middlesbrough Council is hoping to replicate the project in the future to help other new retailers to develop their business in the town. Interested retailers contact Business Development Officer Julie Marsden on 01642 729007 or email: julie_marsden@middlesbrough.gov.uk

Useful links

www.middlesbrough.gov.uk/the-enterprise-arcade



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