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Space opens for businesses

Mon 1 February 2016, 12:15 pm

Empty shops in Harrow are being opened up to budding local entrepreneurs for free under a scheme launched by Harrow council.

The ‘Start Here’ project helps remove the cost barrier when starting a business to make it easier for new and emerging businesses to establish themselves.

The first business, Radiate, moved into a shop at 1 The Bridge, opposite Harrow and Wealdstone Station at the end of last year. Radiate sells handmade products and holds workshops on creative crafts. It earned its place following a series of workshops where businesses pitched their idea to industry leaders.  

The Start Here project runs in partnership with social enterprise Meanwhile Space and offers the opportunity for new and emerging local businesses to test their product in a real commercial environment. Each business will initially be able to use the sites for up to four weeks at no cost.  

The scheme will run until April 2017 across a total of four sites in the borough. It is expected to create and help around 50 new small businesses and community projects.

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