Hull centre launches competition for local entrepreneurs
Princes Quay has launched a competition that invites local businesses and entrepreneurs to Win a Shop in the busy shopping centre. The prize winner will receive 12 months rents and rates, business mentorship, legal and accountancy support, broadband, a PDQ machine, marketing and PR services.
The competition has he backing of Jonathan Elvidge, the Hull based entrepreneur and founder of the Gadget Shop which opened its first store at the Hull centre in 1991. He will serve as a judge in the competition.
Elvidge commented: “Businesses should get involved in this competition because it’s a huge opportunity that doesn’t come around very often – I’ve never seen it before in all my years in retail. What is a competitive and challenging environment can be massively rewarding and as a judge I’ll be looking for something that stands out as being different.
“You need to have a USP, you need to solve a problem, create a solution and have something creative and something that will work as a business that’s well thought through.
“I think there’s a real opportunity for independents here in Hull and a lot of other major cities. High street retail is feeling the pressure of online retailers and major brands are struggling, but that gives an opportunity for independent retailers that never existed even 5 years ago to offer something different.”
Centre Manager, John Magee commented:“We’re incredibly excited to launch the competition and give a local entrepreneurs the chance to accelerate their business. It’s a genuine opportunity for anyone looking to grow and with expert guidance on hand, the winner will be supported every step of the way.”