Monday, October 7, 2013

Win a Shop Competition in Knowsley with @OneArkLtd & Partners


Would you love to own your own shop?

 

 Have you got a budding business idea that just needs a place to develop?


Two new or expanding retailers have the opportunity to win a unit in Prescot Shopping Centre, rent free for a whole year!

In addition to this, the winning retailers will receive a whole package of support to help them on their journey into self employment.

This project was initiated by One Ark in partnership with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Vivark, CBRE, KMBC, The Women’s Organisation and Prescot Town Team aiming to support people into self-employment and help to regenerate our local high streets.

In addition to 12 months rent free, the new retailers will also receive:

  • One year’s free membership of Knowsley Chamber of Commerce including access to legal helpline
  • One-to-one mentor support from a successful business owner
  • Support from The Women’s Organisation (female business owners only)
  • Full refurbishment of premises from Vivark
  • Access to First Ark Group staff knowledge and expertise in specialised areas e.g. Marketing, Finance, IT
  • KMBC (Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council) Business Support team offering support and potential financial assistance
  • Access to MSIF (Merseyside Special Investment Fund) assistance with growth and development plans and/or access to finance

If you are shortlisted to stage two but don’t win there will still be plenty of opportunity to get your business going with useful advice and support available from:

  • Support from MSIF
  • Support from The Women’s Organisation (female business owners only)
  • KMBC Business Support team offering support and potential financial assistance

New entrepreneurs and existing retailers are invited to submit expressions of interest between 1st October and 30th November 2013.

Expressions of interest will be shortlisted by the panel who will then invite full applications. Applicants who reach the third stage will be invited in to meet the panel and present their business idea.
For full details and information on how to apply see the One Ark website for further details:

www.one-ark.co.uk

Best of luck – may the best shop win!!

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