We are pleased to announce that we have chosen the winner of our ‘Win a Shop’ competition – The Creative Studio Middleton.
The competition was open to local entrepreneurs who have a passion for retail and who want to take their business idea onto the high street and Tracey William’s Business Plan ticked all the right boxes for the ‘Dragons’.
The Creative Studio Middleton is a workshop space were people can experience creating in a high-quality branded craft activity as part of a drop in or scheduled workshop activity. Customers can also purchase craft activities – either as packaged crafts or branded The Creative Studio Middleton produced crafts.
It is planned that the facility will have both drop in times, as well as targeted sessions throughout the week which will be available for a wide variety of groups – 2 years and upwards; after school groups; holiday time workshops; groups with disabilities; the retired generation; specialist ‘more in depth’ workshops and evening and weekend sessions for working people.
The core of the business will be focused on children’s workshops and parties although there will also be adult sessions and child and adult session where they can create together.
Tracey has been a qualified Arts College Lecturer for 20 years and has taught creative media along with various creative subjects including photography, art, creative writing, wood working, glass crafting as well as functional skills Maths and English, Computing and Graphic Design. Last year, Tracey set up her new craft activity company called Sand Art with Tracey and is an independent consultant for this company. Tracey lives in Alkrington with her husband, Barrie and two children Reilly, age 7 and Archie, age 5. In her spare time, she, surprisingly, enjoys Arts and Crafts as well as worldwide travelling.
“I was very shocked when I heard that I had won,” says Tracey “and am very excited about this fantastic opportunity to develop my business.”
Tracey will be opening her new business On the first floor balcony next to WH Smith and HIZ barbers. Tracey’s prize not only includes a retail unit in The Middleton Shopping Centre rent, rates and service charge free for a year, but she will also have access to a range of local retail experts who are on hand to offer business advice from merchandising to business banking.
The “Win a Shop” submissions – where each entry was asked to submit a business plan were shortlisted by a panel of judges – Dan Coyne from Cup& Kitchen, Elaine Simons from EJS Marketing, Anna Ramsden from Middleton Shopping Centre, Victoria Davies Town Centre Manager and Andrew Bradwell from Rochdale Borough Council.
The shortlisted entries were then invited to a Presentation Skills Workshop and then presented their retail ideas in a Dragon Den style interview the following week.
“As well as Tracey’s submission, we also received an entry from Stephen Bexon – M24 Scooters and Motorcycles which as so good,” says Anna Ramsden, Manager of the Middleton Shopping Centre, “that we decided to offer him a second-place prize of a six months rent free unit.” Stephen will be taking the old Co-op travel unit on Middleton Gardens and opening a Scooter and Motorcycle showroom and is an avid Scooter Club member.
“We were very impressed by both Tracey’s and Stephen’s business plans and wish them both the very best.”Back >