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Made Public’s small business hub The Retailery to open at the weekend

PUBLISHED: 11:26 15 November 2016

Charlotte Trower, Sarah Walters and Lauren Martin at the old nightclub

Charlotte Trower, Sarah Walters and Lauren Martin at the old nightclub

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A co-working space aimed at offering support to small independent businesses will be having its launch party at the weekend.

After months of work, community initiative Made Public officially secured the lease of former Hush nightclub, Market Place, Romford, and refurbished the building to open The Retailery – a business hub offering work spaces along with advice to help start-ups grow.

The space will be used to build a community of businesses able to share skills and resources while offering competitive prices.

Lauren of Made Public said: “At Made Public we’re hugely excited about the launch of The Retailery.

“We have put our hearts and souls into creating a friendly, inviting community space that also provides support for local entrepreneurs at the start of their journey.

“We hope the people of Romford and beyond get behind The Retailery and support all of the businesses within.”

Filled with handcrafted furniture, murals created by up and coming street artists in the borough and a window display to catch shoppers’ eyes, it is almost time to unveil the space that wants to make its mark on the town centre.

The hub is set to become a hive of activity as the grand opening will take place tomorrow (Sat) with live music from bands Black Cherry Pop Tart and i-Drum, complimentary drinks and face painting.

Funded by The Mayor’s High Street Fund and in partnership with Havering Council, The Retailery will offer office space for those in the first stages of their entrepreneurial journey as well as 12 hours business support to all tenants.

Just some of those who will soon be residing in The Retailery include Project Soup, The Mitchell Huth Fund, Liana’s Tearoom and Spotlight Media.

The Retailery will also offer workshops and networking events and Made Public is aiming for it to become the heart of a growing community of entrepreneurs in Havering.

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