Would-be entrepreneurs offered 'rent free' business opportunity in Blackburn (From Burnley and Pendle Citizen)
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Would-be entrepreneurs offered 'rent free' business opportunity in Blackburn
12:11pm Tuesday 3rd September 2013 in News
A SUCCESSFUL businessman who has launched a bid to open up an independent traders’ market hall for new local enterprises is calling for applications.
Mark Smith, who owns the chain of Exchange Coffee shops which has branches in Blackburn and Clitheroe, wants anyone interested in setting up shop in either the three-storey former Pizza Planet building in Darwen Street, or the old Heatley’s Chambers building which now houses Mercers’ Toy Shop, to send him their proposals.
If successful, the applicants will be offered the space they need rent free for the first three months to test the viability of their idea.
Rent thereafter will cost £50 per week to give each initiative the best chance of success. It follows on from his setting up of the ‘Artisan Row’ in Blackburn Market.
Mr Smith made a particular plea to students with ideas to speak to him before they finish their course to help fill the spaces by Christmas.
He said: “I want people who have a hankering to start their own business to come to me with an idea and, more importantly, passion to work for themselves.
“I want to harness the great talent in Blackburn and give people the opportunity to become successful traders.”
To apply, visit www.freshapproachin.biz.
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