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Published 22nd Mar 2012

Zaney at the Corner Emporium with royal visitor Prince Charles

Would-be business people bursting with ideas have another golden opportunity to make their dreams a reality.

They’re being offered a rare chance to let their fledgling businesses take off in a prime town centre location, with bags of back-up support, advice and expertise thrown in.

They’ll be following in the footsteps of a number of other enterprises currently establishing themselves in the Corner Emporium including The Craftery, Diamond Heaven, Small Steps Photography, Lazy Joe’s Vintage Clothing, Reboo, Zaney, Fat Dog Skate Shop, Mellie Makes and the soon-to-open Boro Bookworm.

The unit, ideally situated at the one of the busy entrances to The Cleveland Centre, will soon have space available for a few more newcomers.

Middlesbrough Council joined forces with West Middlesbrough Neighbourhood Trust and a group of businesses led by Greggs, in collaboration with Business in the Community, to create the Corner Emporium to help new business in the town.

New retailers can apply for low-cost retail space, with successful applicants getting an invaluable opportunity to market test their enterprise and a business-coaching package to assist with development and growth.

Councillor Charlie Rooney, Middlesbrough Council’s Executive Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said: “We know the Corner Emporium works because the businesses who have already been through the process have told us what a difference it made.

“New businesses need a lot of help in these tough economic times, but the Corner Emporium has shown that with the right support and incentives, they can get off the ground and survive.”

Further information

Benefits for successful candidates include:

  • Up to six months’ low-cost retail space
  • Professional or business development support
  • Branding and PR package aimed to raise awareness and attract customers
  • Dedicated support to help find suitable premises at the end of the incubation period

Those eligible must meet a number of criteria:

  • 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.

Interested retailers will be asked to complete an application form, present a business plan or proposal and supply two written references.

For additional information contact Business Development Officer Julie Marsden on 01642 729007 or email

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