How do you fancy setting up a new business in Maghull? Bookings

Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley with Maghull Town Team leader Steve Maxwell.

 

Labour-run Maghull Town Council and Maghull Town Team are now taking bookings from interested budding entrepreneurs to set up business in Maghull Central Square's soon-to-be opened 'pop-up' shop.

The team, which is made up of Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley together with local businesses, including Town Team leader Steve Maxwell from Bradley J Lewis, are making the preparations for the new venture.

Pop-up shops have been trialled in various cities across the country. They are designed to provide quick and cost effective retail opportunities for start-ups.

Maghull Town Council Labour leader, Cllr McKinley, said the pop-up shops will provide aspiring entrepreneurs with a step up in business.

Cllr McKinley said: "We're putting the finishing touches to the shop in Central Square, which will hold six or seven pop-up shops.

"It is an ideal location and an ideal opportunity to set up a new business. Costs will be low and you can test out your business idea, whether that be a service, retail or whether you produce goods. This is an ideal opportunity to see if there's a market for what you're offering.

"The fact it is in Central Square where we get lots of people shopping anyway, it is the perfect shop window for new businesses. That is exactly what we want to achieve.

"We want to give people who have business ideas the chance to get going right here in Maghull.

"Successful local businesses are the cornerstone of a strong economy. They are crucial to a local economy.

"We want Maghull to be the local business capital of Merseyside. By encouraging people from Maghull and Lydiate to set up, and by helping them to succeed, we will be helping to create the much needed local jobs while reinvigorating the local economy, which is all good for Maghull."

Fellow Labour Councillor, Lynn Gatherer, said a number of budding businesses had already come forward to take up a place in the pop-up shop - but she is urging even more to come forward.

Cllr Gatherer said: "We've already got some fantastic new businesses coming forward interested in taking one of the shops.

"The costs will be kept as low as possible to help get things started.

"It is a great opportunity and we want to make sure that anyone who has ever thought about setting up gets the chance to do so. With this concept, you really have got nothing to lose.

"The more of a success we can make of this, the greater we can make Central Square and our town centre."

To apply for a space in the pop-up shop, or for further information, contact Cllr Lynn Gatherer on 07904 939 454.