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Published 23rd Apr 2012

Boro Bookworm shop

A new independent bookshop has opened in Middlesbrough’s burgeoning Corner Emporium.

And there’s a rare opportunity for two more businesses to take advantage of one of the region’s most successful business start-up initiatives.

Boro Bookworm is the idea of Teesside poet Khadim Hussain, who aims to offer a shop window for local writers and artists and a showcase for books about the local area.

Initially, the bookshop will have a stock of local and regional books, including works on local history, poetry and Middlesbrough Football Club as well as a section on the Indian sub-continent.

Khadim said: “I have lived and worked in Teesside for more than 40 years, and started publishing a local magazine in the early 80s.

“I have always been passionate about writing, so I’m delighted at last to be able to open my own independent and specialist bookshop.”

The Boro Bookworm will stock books, postcards and DVDs, as well as offering local writers and artists a regular spot to sell and talk about their work.

For more information about the Boro Bookworm e-mail Khadim at

Two units available

Two more units have become available for would-be entrepreneurs to test-trade their business idea within the Corner Emporium.

The initiative gives fledgling businesses a chance to get up and running, with low-cost retail space in a prime town centre location at one of the main entrances to the busy Cleveland Centre.

It’s an invaluable opportunity for successful applicants to market test their enterprise and benefit from a business-coaching package to assist with development and growth.

Benefits include:

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

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


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