IF you are thinking of starting up a business in these tough economic times, you need all the help you can get.
That is why - to celebrate the opening of the final phase of the Nostell Estate Business Park - the Estate has teamed up with the Express to offer a year’s free tenancy to a promising new start-up business or growing company.
That could save a budding business up to £10,000 in a single year.
The Walled Garden has been specifically developed to accommodate small and growing businesses, providing light, attractive space for companies with one to five employees.
For larger businesses, the units can be combined to create a large open plan area. Each air conditioned unit is decorated to a high standard, has self-contained facilities and includes ample free parking; a benefit to visiting clients who prefer not to battle with city traffic.
The Nostell Estate is situated in beautiful National Trust parkland, accessible from the main rail and road networks, yet enjoying a rural aspect - a perfect environment for businesses to flourish.
Stephen Fuller, estate manager, said: “It’s our way of showing support and helping create a worthwhile business opportunity for someone with the ambition and who has a compelling commercial idea.
“We are only too aware that in these uncertain economic times starting or expanding any business is not easy.
“That is why we’ve launched a competition to help someone from the local area.”
The winning applicant will be offered a unit, rent free, for one year.
They will join a growing community of companies, both new and established, who find the Nostell Estate a great place work.
Entrants will need to provide a fully scoped business plan, including a brief history of the company; analysis of competitors; a marketing and development plan and financial components.
Short-listed entrants will be invited to present their plans to a panel of judges, comprised of business professionals; experienced in marketing, business development and accounting.
Further details of the award and application forms, as well as deadlines and judges’ profiles, can be found at www.thenostellestate.com