Realising Retail Potential

Space to trade gives young entrepreneurs the chance to launch their businesses at Fareham Shopping Centre

Space to trade would like to congratulate all those who made it through to the finals of the inaugural Young Start-up Talent Hampshire, a competition which is open to 16 to 25-year-olds who wish to run their own ventures across Hampshire. The finals took place on the 15th June at Fareham Innovation Centre and this year attracted large number of submissions from a variety of business sectors.

Five fledgling businesses have now been shortlisted in the search for Hampshire’s next ‘newtrepreneur’ and thanks to the support of Space to trade and Fareham Shopping Centre, some of the young entrepreneurs have been given the opportunity to test out their businesses on the public for a week at the Fareham shopping centre this July.

Space to trade Account Manager, Helen Frost was one of the judges at the event on the 15th June and was very impressed with the calibre of entrants.  She told us, ‘On judging the first entrant, I was blown away by their presentation, enthusiasm and passion. Going through the judging process this feeling didn’t change and it was a very tough one to call. All the entrants were excellent.’  She continued, ‘I was amazed at how young some of the contenders were and what they had achieved. I found them inspirational, and felt very proud to be part of the judging process on behalf of Space to trade. These are the new businessmen and women of the future in Fareham, and I can’t wait to see them set up at Fareham Shopping Centre.’

Ming Wu of The Maker’s Guild in Portsmouth provides a creative engineering space for users to create physical things using the latest in prototype technologies, such as 3D printers and will be kicking off the activities at Fareham Shopping Centre from the 3rd July for one week.

Following The Maker’s Guild, Philipa Brobbey of Braids Galore will be providing hair braiding and displaying the wigs that she produces from the 10th July.

From the 17th July, Jeremy Mutebi, an economic undergraduate from the University of Southampton will be showing off his online style consultancy and affordable couture.

Finally, on the 24th July Natasha Tiffin and Alice Dixon of the Portsmouth based, Seek a Word will spend a week at the centre talking to the public about their online translation service.

From left to right – Ming Wu of The Maker’s Guild, Jeremy Mutebi, Helen Frost of Space to trade and Natasha Tiffin and Alice Dixon of Seek  A Word.

Both Space to trade and the Management Team at Fareham Shopping Centre are looking forward to working with the businesses over the coming month.  Mike Taylor, Centre Manager at Fareham Shopping Centre told us, ‘the teams have visited the centre and spoken to Helen about visual merchandising and seen the area where they will be situated on the mall.  It’s great to see their enthusiasm and we wish them the best of luck with their promotions.  We do hope that the public will show them the support and encouragement they need to go forward and make their businesses a success’.






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