The latest success story for a burgeoning business incubator in Middlesbrough is moving into the town’s new ‘independent quarter’ after a successful stint at the unit.
The Fat Dog Skate Shop received a Royal seal of approval when HRH the Prince of Wales launched the Corner Emporium initiative last October.
The project, based in a prime location near the Grange Road entrance to The Cleveland Centre, helps new businesses get off the ground with low-cost retail space for up to six months.
Next week Fat Dog becomes the second business in as many months to spread its wings, with owners Sue Davison and Richard Julier taking advantage of another business development initiative by Middlesbrough Council.
Thanks to funding from the Mary Portas Innovation Fund, retailers taking on an empty unit on Baker Street will receive up to £2,000 to help with fixtures and fittings.
Fat Dog is latest in a series of enterprises moving into Baker Street, which is being developed as the gateway to Middlesbrough’s independent quarter, stretching from there to Borough Road and onto Linthorpe Road.
Sue and Richard have both held down other jobs while developing the Fat Dog Skate Shop and building up a regular customer base. They have a good understanding of the target audience and are confident that Baker Street will establish them among other niche shops set to open up there.
The new shop is located at 20 Baker Street with regular opening hours of 9am to 5pm, Monday to Saturday.
For more information on The Corner Emporium and details on how to apply for a unit, contact Business Development Officer Julie Marsden on 01642 729007 or email email@example.com