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FREE SPACE TO BE OFFERED AT BRUNSWICK CENTRE FOR LOCAL START-UPS

Shopping centre to be part of national business incubator worth £300,000 to support local start-ups

M&G Real Estate’s Brunswick Centre is to participate in a new national initiative, Free Space+, to support start-up and independent businesses. Start-up businesses in Scarborough and surrounding areas will have an opportunity to win free space at the centre helping companies to promote their products in the town’s main retail hub.

Free Space+ has been launched by retail property organisation, Revo, in partnership with nine of the largest UK retail landlords and the British Independent Retailers’ Association (bira).

Brunswick Centre is part of a group of around 100 shopping centres offering local businesses the opportunity to apply for free retail space. Applicants to Free Space+ will be asked to choose a shopping centre and demonstrate how trading from that centre would accelerate their growth. Judging panels will select the winners in January 2018 and successful businesses that choose Brunswick Centre will then be able to occupy space in the centre for three months.

Successful applicants will receive a support package from bira, including insurance, good financial rates and legal advice along with an appropriate mentor from the retail property world.

Chris Poole, Asset Manager, M&G Real Estate, comments: “Brunswick Shopping Centre holds a high attraction from shoppers within Scarborough and the surrounding area. The centre has strong fashion credentials and is a main shopping hub in the area. We are looking forward to rolling out this new initiative so we can help and support any new local business choosing us to grow and thrive and possibly join our current line-up of brands in future.”

The closing date to enter Free Space+ is 1 December. To find out more about this initiative or to enter go to www.revocommunity.org/freespace.

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