Second Win a Shop winner opens Ewe-Knit 20 in Nailsea
By KenHarrison | Monday, October 28, 2013, 10:32
Nailsea's second Win a Shop competition winner opened her Ewe-Knit 20 shop in the Crown Glass Shopping Centre on Saturday.
Emily Rickard and Nailsea School Head Chris Wade
Emily Rickard was one of more than 30 local people who submitted their ideas to win a shop in the Centre free for a year. The judges were so impressed with the entries they received they decided to give away two shops, free for a year.
Emily's Ewe-Knit 20 shop at 20 Colliers Walk will provide machine knitting classes, materials for creative and hobbyist knitwear, and her own range of knitted clothing and accessories.
Emily is a former pupil of Nailsea School and the school's new Head Chris Wade formally opened the shop. He said: "I think it's wonderful that a former pupil of Nailsea School has gone away to University to gain further qualifications and then come back to the town to go into business here."
Each of the winners has been given a retail unit in the shopping centre, free of rent and rates, for a year. In addition, they will receive free mentoring help and support from local financial, banking, retail and marketing experts. The prize is worth over £25,000 to each one.
Fran Hunt's opened her Partysmartys party and wedding supplies sale and hire business in the centre earlier this month.
Three new shops have already opened in Nailsea's Crown Glass Shopping Centre this month, marking a return to occupancy levels not seen there for many years.
And with a number of other serious enquiries in hand, Mark Robinson of landlord Ellandi is hopeful that the centre could be fully let by Christmas.