Small businesses offered chance to win a month's free shopping centre space

Small businesses offered chance to win a month's free shopping centre space
Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events

Posted: Thu 28th Mar 2024

Small brands are being invited to pitch their products for the chance to trade for up to a month in a major UK shopping centre.

Soapbox is a stage at Completely Retail Marketplace, an event that connects retailers and commercial landlords.

During the event on 30 April at Old Billingsgate Market in London 10 shortlisted brands will take to the stage for four minutes to pitch their story.

The winning brand will get the opportunity to use a pop-up shop in either Westgate in Oxford, Bluewater in Kent or Southside in Wandsworth for up to a month.

Founders will pitch to a panel of industry judges who will be looking for criteria including the unique selling point, marketing strategy and how the brand intends to use the shopping centre space if they win.

Find more information about the competition here and apply here. The deadline is 12 April.

The competition is not open to food and beverage brands.

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Dan Martin
Dan MartinDan Martin Content & Events
I'm a freelance journalist and event host who helps small businesses and the organisations that support them. I'm also Enterprise Nation's news reporter and Bristol Local Leader. I have 20 years of experience as a small business journalist having interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs from famous names like Sir Richard Branson and Deborah Meaden to the founders behind brand new start-ups. I've worked for a range of leading small business publications and support groups, most recently as head of content at Enterprise Nation where I was responsible for the prolific output of content on the company's blog and social media. I now freelance for Enterprise Nation as the website's news reporter and as the host of the Small Business sessions podcast. I'm based in Bristol where I run and host regular events with the local small business community in my role as Enterprise Nation's Local Leader for Bristol. I also have strong connections with other major business organisations in the south west region. In total, I've hosted over 100 events including conferences with an audience of hundreds for international brands like Xero and Facebook and live web chats from inside 10 Downing Street. With my partner, I co-run Lifestyle District, a lifestyle blog focused on culture, art, theatre and photography.

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