Budding entrepreneurs are being offered another golden opportunity to get their businesses off the ground.
New retailers are invited to apply for rent-free retail space in a prime site at the heart of Middlesbrough town centre.
Middlesbrough Council is working in partnership with West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust and a group of businesses led by Greggs in collaboration with Business in the Community to relaunch the popular Corner Emporium in The Mall.
The project offers ‘incubator’ opportunities to a maximum of ten businesses, providing them with ready-to-move-into retail space for up to six months.
This is an opportunity for retailers to test-trade their business idea in a rent-free unit and receive a business-coaching package to help the business develop and grow.
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “This is a golden opportunity, and we know it works because the businesses who have already been through the Corner Emporium have told use what a difference it made for them.
“These are tough times economically and news businesses need a lot of help, both to get off the ground and to survive.
“But there are some great entrepreneurs out there, and the Corner Emporium may be just what they need to turn a great idea into a great business.”
Only new retail businesses will be considered; businesses currently operating from rented premises are not eligible
All occupants must agree to participate in an individual development programme. This may be formal or informal depending on particular development needs but will involve regular monitoring and review points.
Businesses will be expected to be ready to move in to the unit ready for the launch date on Monday, October 24.
Interested retailers will be asked to complete an application form, present a business plan or proposal and supply two written references.
For further information contact Business Development Officer Julie Marsden on 01642 729007 or email firstname.lastname@example.org