'Gifted and Co' .....on our high street

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'Gifted and Co' .....on our high street

'Gifted and Co' .....on our high street

Lisa Conway By Lisa Conway

I need affordable retail and business space for gifted individuals, who make and wish to sell their own goods locally, fostering their talent and bringing something different to the high street!

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I wish to create a showcase to help the many brilliant, talented, highly creative individuals I have come across over the years through my organisation of charitable craft events. I would love to see them able to bring their goods to the high street and be given the chance to sell to the general public in a prime high street location. This would give them a huge sense of pride and purpose and hopefully enable them to earn a living by their own hand. There are literally hundreds of creative, talented individuals out there who will never get the chance to take their handmade products to market because they literally cannot afford to. They are prohibited by vast retail rents and are unable to compete with the major businesses that can afford retail space. Dependent on square footage available, I envisage between 10 - 20 individuals having their own space in the shop. Each individual would 'man' the shop for a day a week, thus negating staffing costs.

What we'll deliver:

  • Manage and market the business, including staffing, individuals contracts and accounts
  • Contact and select the individuals dependent on what they make/wish to sell
  • Prepare the retail space and designated zones, clean and maintain
  • Provide basic display modules/units, till point, card machine, manage earnings
  • Arrange launch and on-going marketing activity
  • Create and manage a website for the business
  • Re-invest any profit - perhaps open another 'gifted' outlet in another high street location
  • Annually visit local art colleges in order to find and foster new talent for 'Gifted'

Why it's a great idea:

I believe this is a brilliant idea as it helps local talented individuals and those starting out to enter the work place - better still - a creative nest. It creates a wonderful sense of pride and purpose and enables them to earn a living as well as providing something new and different on the high street that locals would enjoy and support - promoting good feeling all round!

Steps to get it done:

  • Get in touch with all my contacts and tell them about my plan - email details to all
  • Get them to tell all of their contacts about the project and get them on board, pledging
  • Locate retail premises and secure with appropriate funding
  • Enlist help of individuals selected - prepare shop interior, purchase units
  • Develop and agree a full marketing plan
  • Draw up contracts for individuals and arrange staffing plan
  • Work towards launch date (March 2016)

Our high street is improving slowly but we are all sick of seeing endless Estate Agents offices springing up every time there is retail space available (as they can afford the ludicrous rentals), the betting shops, nail bars, hairdressers and loads and loads of Charity Shops. What is there to buy? With nothing interesting to buy on our high street/ locally shoppers will continue to flock to retail parks and retail centres. Local talent is what is needed and should be fostered! Local residents deserve the opportunity to be able to shop for something different, handmade and beautiful, not mass produced, imported goods with huge profit margins for the big chain stores!
Please, please take time to consider my initial approach. I would be delighted to meet you to discuss my proposal/business plan in full.

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Location Beckenham

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