Free shop hopefuls

PUBLISHED: 08:00 06 March 2015

Mark Robinson from Ellandi unveiling the unit watched by Honeysuckle the Bee, and judges and mentors.

Mark Robinson from Ellandi unveiling the unit watched by Honeysuckle the Bee, and judges and mentors.

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THE competition to win a shop in Nailsea for a year has now closed and entries have been passed to the judging panel.

Mark Robinson from Ellandi unveiling the unit watched by Honeysuckle the Bee, and judges and mentors for the Win a Shop competition.Mark Robinson from Ellandi unveiling the unit watched by Honeysuckle the Bee, and judges and mentors for the Win a Shop competition.

Ellandi, which owns Crown Glass Shopping Centre, is running the competition again to give a new business the keys to 15 Colliers Walk for a year.

Charlotte Jarrett, manager of the shopping centre, said: “We have had an excellent response to the competition.

“We think that the success of last year’s competition has really inspired local entrepreneurs to enter as they can see that it is an ideal opportunity to gain real hands-on experience of running a shop in a busy shopping centre environment, get valuable mentoring, advice and guidance from experts – all with the added advantage of operating from a shop free of rent, rates and service charge.”

Contenders this year include an electric cycle shop, a pancake house, a printing and copying service, a comic book store, a flower shop, a play cafe, a sensory space and a home decor specialist.

Mark Robinson from Ellandi unvieling the unit watched by Honeysuckle the Bee, and judges and mentors.Mark Robinson from Ellandi unvieling the unit watched by Honeysuckle the Bee, and judges and mentors.

Nailsea Electric Cycles would sell products and provide a community workshop, Pancake Face would provide healthy snacks and Queenie’s Flower Shop has proposed to run flower arranging sessions and sell upcycled treasures.

Two mums would like to set up Young Possum’s Imaginarium play cafe, while Sensory Space Nailsea would enable parents to try out specialist sensory equipment before buying and provide a home for locally-made crafts and products.

RetroMetro could be opening up in Nailsea to sell retro, vintage and antique furniture, decor and collectibles or judges could opt for Express Print - which would provide print and copy services.

If the brain behind Pixelation is given the keys, comic books, video games, sweets and arts and crafts could be filling the store. It would also provide a chill-out area for competitions and classes.

Honeysuckle the Bee with judges and mentors for this year's Win a Shop competition.Honeysuckle the Bee with judges and mentors for this year's Win a Shop competition.

The judging panel will be holding Dragon’s Den style interviews on March 17 before a winner is announced on March 23. The new owner will then be given the keys ready to open at Easter.


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