Strand Shopping Centre launches competition to win a shop

Posted by Southport Visiter on 1st Jun 2015

Budding entrepreneurs are being invited to enter a competition - to win a shop!

The Strand Shopping Centre in Bootle is launching the opportunity to enable one winner to run a retail unit for a year within the complex - with rent, rates and services charges free.

Strand marketing manager Lucy Kirk said: “If you have ever dreamed of running your own business, have an idea for a brand or just want a change in direction, this competition is for you.

“In addition to the shop unit we will provide you with help and support to get started by fitting out your store, setting up your business and highlighting it to the local community.

“We have arranged an expert panel to help and advise you in all aspects so you don’t feel daunted by the prospect!”

The Strand has teamed up with M&S for retail mentoring, a financial expert for money issues, Sefton Council leader for help with community issues, The Strand Marketing services, and Sefton at work mentoring for staffing and retail training.

Lucy said “This is a really exciting initiative for the centre and it will be really interesting to see the ideas of the local community as to what they feel the centre will benefit from.

“We are looking forward to receiving the entries and working with the winner to make their business a success.”

Rules and stimulations are as follows:

• The competition is open to residents of Bootle and Merseyside and must be a new business idea

• Entrants must be aged 18 and over

• Competition entries are open until June 30 only.

• The winner will receive:

 A one year licence to run a shop in The Strand Shopping Centre, Bootle

 Free rent for the one-year period from the date of occupancy

 Free rates for the one-year period from the date of occupancy

 Free business mentoring support from local business specialists including:

o Accountancyo Bankingo Retail advice

o Legalo Marketingo PR

To enter the competition:

Download and application form from www.Strandshoppingcentre.com or click on our facebook page to download a form.

Entrees must be received by June 30 – applicants progressing through to shortlist stage must be available to attend an interview in July with the judging panel.

The Strand will reveal the winner in September for the new retailer to be open in October.

For more information email Lucy Kirk at [email protected]

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