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Basingstoke College of Technology By Basingstoke College of Technology

ShopStart - launching the next generation of entrepreneurs

Basingstoke Idea stage

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BCoT is working in partnership with Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council and Fujitsu to create a location in Basinsgtoke town centre for entrepreneurs to launch their new business ideas. BCoT students will work with the businesses and develop their own enterprise experience and skills.

The project will rennovate an empty retail unit into a multi-purpose facility that will provide:
• Entrepreneurial and retail education and training of BCoT students,
• Space for short-term trials of retail ideas – “pop-up” space
• A showcase for retail products not generally available in the town centre
• A stepping stone for new town centre business start-ups

The project will have a sustainable philosophy and approach – local jobs, local sourcing, and low environmental impact.

What we'll deliver:

  • Enable BCoT students to run real enterprise projects
  • Refurbish a vacant retail outlet in the Top of Town area - 4 Church Street, Basingstoke
  • Sell products not currently available in Basingstoke town centre
  • Create pop-up space for businesses to take on short-term contracts
  • Give micro businesses a low cost, subsidised, start-up opportunity
  • Provide entrepreneurial and retail education and training to BCoT students

Why it's a great idea:

At a time of increasing youth unemployment and with with the last few years being very tough for small businesses in Top of the Town, this project will breathe new life into vacant premises in Church Street.

It will give our young people the chance to discover if they are budding entrepreneurs, identify talented young people with a flair for business, and give students a real taste of enterprise. By enhancing their commercial skills, students will become more employable and better prepared to start their own businesses.

Our economy needs the next generation of entrepreneurs to come forward, start businesses and create employment opportunities. New businesses benefit from support and help to get started – here they can set-up with minimal financial outlay and overhead costs.

Shopstart will bring renewed interest and increased footfall to an important retail area. A vibrant, mixed economy, town centre is a vital element for the continued economic prosperity of our Borough.

Steps to get it done:

  • Basingstoke & Deane Borough Council has approved a lease, rent and rates subsidy to support the venture
  • BCoT students will run business ventures as part of their courses
  • BCoT will take an initial two-year lease on 4 Church Street
  • Businesses will provide advice and training to help learners develp their enterprise skills and knowledge
  • Fujitsu have seconded a Business Connector who is supporting the project
  • Low cost, short-term lets will help businesses to launch
  • Premises will be refurbished, with support from project sponsors
  • Priroity will be given to local businesses with an ethos consistent with the project's aims
  • Networking links will identify organisations that can provide support to the project

Project impact and targets:

•100 BCoT students gaining practical retail, entrepreneurial, project management and leadership experience

•50 BCoT students run their own enterprise projects – make real profits from real business

•Raise the profile and understanding of eco-friendly products, sustainable technologies and personal contribution

•8-12 local businesses engaged with BCoT giving practical help and mentoring and at least two local community groups engaged with BCoT students

•3 new successful businesses launched

•Additional footfall generated in Church Street


Location Basingstoke

Basingstoke has 4 other projects and £345,000 in potential grant funding

About the space

A vacant retail unit in Basingstoke's town centre


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How will the money be spent?Total £5,000

Business rates - £5,000 (100%)
Other - £0 (0%)

Costs Breakdown

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Business rates
  • Transaction Fees
  • Spacehive fees
  • VAT

Total £5,000

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