20th Century Manchester

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20th Century Manchester

20th Century Manchester

paul almeida By paul almeida

To create a sole trader presence within the Manchester City centre area for vintage, retro and mid century furniture and curios.

Manchester Idea stage

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We will create a platform within the city centre of Manchester that will allow start up and sole trader companies that specialise in vintage homeware to trade direct to the public. People will regard the space as a one stop shop for all their vintage furniture and homeware needs, knowing they can rely on our set of traders to provide them good quality, and competitively priced alternatives to the mass produced high street choices. Traders will pay a reasonable monthly amount for their stalls only a rolling contract and we will take a proportion of their sales to feed back into the venture. The area will be free for the public to visit. Stall holders would have the option of either paying the allotted percentage on each sale they make or discounting this amount in exchange for their time working at the centre.

What we'll deliver:

  • Source, sign for and prepare for opening a building within the Manchester City area
  • Fill this space with independent sole traders specialising in vintage homeware
  • Market the venture through a variety of platforms including Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

Why it's a great idea:

Now more than ever it is imperative to nurture new and small business as the international markets move towards reconciling the Brexit move the impact on the sole trader could be disastrous. This idea opens up direct face to face contact between sole traders and the public through the medium of selling hugely popular vintage homeware which people normally have to turn to the internet to purchase without the peace of mind of having seen the item first, or wait for seasonal vintage fairs which they will have to travel out of the city for and pay entry to. This venture will offer people the opportunity to regularly visit a local centre filled with small businesses with a diverse variety of stock, purchase and take home their vintage piece knowing they have directly fed back into their local community. It will offer the option of a great day out as a one stop destination and equally a place you can quickly drop into for a purchase.

Steps to get it done:


Once established and filled with stall holders we would look to opening a cafe area in order to further establish the venture as a destination the public would want to spend extended amounts of time in.

Location Manchester

Manchester has £355,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

Manchester City Centre

Council

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