Budding retail entrepreneurs are being given the chance to receive a helping hand on the road to success if they set up shop in Leamington’s growing bohemian and creative quarter.
An initiative has been launched offering people the chance to launch businesses in Leamington’s Old Town, an area with a growing reputation as a creative, bohemian and food destination.
The project is being coordinated by Leamington Old Town Team (LOTT), which has launched a supportive business start-up scheme to encourage independent creative, browsing, and destination shops and food retailers in the area.
Applicants are encouraged to propose business ideas that fit with the overall vision of the area defined as part of the Mary Portas initiative launched in 2012, to create a more complete and diverse mix of shops for Old Town.
The team is also working on possibilities for pop-up shops over the summer.
Support would include rent and rates underwriting, basic shop refitting assistance, a six-month salary for one employee, mentoring, business advice and legal support, accountancy and financial support and shared shop front refurbishment costs.
Old Town team leader Jeremy Ireland said: “Support will be tailored to the specific business, and to the premises involved and is unlikely to include all of those items mentioned above, but we will endeavour to provide as much as we can.”
Entries must be submitted by April 22. For further details email firstname.lastname@example.org.