An initiative to help fledgling businesses take flight in Middlesbrough is set to welcome a very special visitor.
The Prince of Wales will be calling in at the Corner Emporium in The Mall on Monday (October 24) to meet the latest batch of budding entrepreneurs.
The Prince of Wales – who is President of Business In The Community – will meet local and national business leaders when he formally opens the Emporium.
The visit comes during a tour of Teesside initiatives which will also see His Royal Highness visit young people and staff at The Prince’s Trust Fairbridge Centre in Middlesbrough and the first Redcar Steelworks cadets and employees, before taking part in a discussion with volunteers, business leaders and local authority representatives at the Redcar Community Summit.
The Prince’s visit to the Corner Emporium is recognition of an initiative which has already helped a number of small businesses find their feet in challenging economic conditions.
Under the scheme – a partnership between Middlesbrough Council, West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust, Business In The Community and a consortium of businesses led by Greggs - new retailers are invited to apply for rent-free retail space in the prime site at the heart of Middlesbrough town centre.
Up to ten businesses get rent-free retail space for up to six months, enabling them to test-trade their business idea in a rent-free unit and receive a business-coaching package to help the business develop and grow.
Businesses accepted will get:
Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “The Prince of Wales’s visit is a real coup both for the Corner Emporium and for the town as a whole.
“The Corner Emporium epitomises Middlesbrough’s entrepreneurial spirit and I am sure The Prince of Wales will be impressed by the initiative.”