A SCHEME for filling empty shops in high streets is now offering a helping hand to businesses in Northwood Hills.
In October, the Meanwhile in the Manor project opened in the former Shakes milkshake shop, at 93 Victoria Road, Ruislip Manor.
The pop-up shop is run by the company Meanwhile Space in conjunction with Hillingdon Council, as part of its town centre improvement scheme.
Inspired by that success, 6 Joel Street has been taken over by Now in Northwood Hills, which will run a series of activities and workshops there.
The project is also launching a competition to offer the space to businesses, rent and rates free.
Meanwhile Space is seeking proposals from start-up businesses, artists, makers, existing businesses, community groups or anyone with an enterprising idea to make use of the vacant shop in Joel Street.
The winner will get a three-month tenure rent and rates free, in return for providing a service of benefit to the Northwood Hills community.
Businesses must send in their ideas for using the space, then pitch them to a panel of judges – in the style of Dragons’ Den – made up of councillors, members of the chamber of commerce and local business people.
Cassandra Walker, of Meanwhile Space, said: “We strongly encourage unique ideas that add something new to Northwood Hills and enhance the current offer in the town centre.
“We are also inviting proposals from anyone who is interested in using the space for a short time throughout December and January. This could be anything from an hour to a day or a week.
“We have plenty of space.”
■ For more information about Now in Northwood Hills, events at 6 Joel Street this week, and the competition, go to www.facebook.com/NowInNorthwoodHills.
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