Shop Star!

Published

3rd November 2020

Have you got what it takes to become Dundee’s newest retail sensation?

Dundee’s Wellgate Shopping Centre is on the hunt for talented new or existing entrepreneurs to enter into a competition to win this once in a lifetime prize. A FREE shop for a whole year!

On launching the competition, Wellgate Centre Manager, Mo Dennis commented, “The Management team at The Wellgate Centre, are committed to promoting and supporting retail businesses in Dundee.

“We work closely with our current retailers in order to help them maximize the benefits of being in a high-profile location and we’re always looking to help businesses with new opportunities.

“We understand that this year’s pandemic has bought a level of economic uncertainty for many, but history dictates that this uncertainty can have a positive effect on new business registrations. If we can help just one business realise its potential by de-risking it in its first year, I think we will have done a very worthwhile thing.

“We’re urging all experienced or new entrepreneurs to complete our online questionnaire before the 16th November. We’ll then shortlist the applicants and invite them to present to our judging panel.”

Both Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce (DACC) and accountants MHA Henderson Loggie are supporting the campaign to promote new retail business.

As the leading business membership organisation in the region and part of the worldwide long-established Chamber of Commerce brand, DACC has over 760 members and work hard to help provide each and every one of them with the business connections and opportunities they need to flourish.

Along with unlimited PR & Marketing throughout DACC’s channels, the winning business will also be able to access training and events, networking opportunities, introductions to other Chamber members, Business Directory listing, Free HR/Legal/Health & Safety advice, support to access International markets as well as the opportunity to take advantage of exclusive member to member offers available through the network.

Alison Henderson, DACC CEO said: “At a time when support for local businesses is more important than ever, we’re delighted to be involved in this project. High streets are the lifeblood of our communities and giving people a helping hand on their business journey is really crucial. Local businesses employ local people, use local suppliers and give variety to consumers. We’re looking forward to seeing the ideas that come forward in this initiative and to working to support the Wellgate Centre make someone’s business dreams come to fruition.”

Clare Watson, Manager at MHA Henderson Loggie said: “We are delighted to support the Wellgate Centre’s competition. Now, more than ever it is important to support small local businesses, and this is an excellent initiative to do just that. The competition is very timely for us as October 2020 is our Start-Up Business Month and so as well as looking for entries from established businesses, we are keen to see entries for start-up businesses looking to make their mark in the retail sector. Get your entries in and good luck”

Here’s what the winning entrepreneur will receive.

• A one-year license to run a shop
• The opportunity to extend the license
• Free of rent for 1 year
• Free of service charge for 1 year
• Free 12 months membership of Dundee and Angus Chamber of Commerce
o Free HR/Legal/Health and Safety advice
o Free training events
• £500 voucher toward first year accountants’ fees from MHA Henderson Loggie
• Free logo design service
• Free PR and marketing support

Simply complete the application on the The Wellgate Centre’s website (www.wellgatedundee.co.uk) before 16th November and you could be in with a chance of winning your own shop free for a year. Shortlisted applicants will be invited to pitch their concept to a panel of Judges at The Wellgate Centre from on 23rd or 24th November.

Terms and conditions apply and are available to review here https://www.wellgatedundee.co.uk

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