Council is helping to grow emerging businesses by providing a free temporary space in The Levee. The Kiosk in The Levee Shared Zone is being launched as ‘The Hatch’, and this new business incubator will have its first resident, M & C Designs, from Monday 21 March.
Council’s Coordinator City and Visitor Economy Martin Payne says, ‘Entering the world of business is not an easy proposition and yet with a bit of support good ideas have the potential to turn into very successful ventures. Through The Hatch we hope to provide this support to budding local businesses by offering a space where they can test ideas or trial a concept without significant financial risk or outlays. It is hoped The Hatch will bring a series of dynamic offerings to The Levee. Council is excited to partner with M & C Designs to launch this new initiative’.
M & C Designs started from a passion for beautiful homewares that Charlotte Raman and Michelle Wallace shared. They started the business working on weekends and in their free time but now hope to turn the venture into their future careers.
‘Starting a business is such a huge thing to approach, but once we began to combine our efforts we realised that we could actually do this. Having support from the people around you is really important, and opportunities like The Hatch are just huge for us‘, said Charlotte.
Charlotte and Michelle live and breathe their business. They work together to create, print and stitch their own designs, producing a beautiful range of hand stamped linen cushions, tea towels, purses, and framed prints as well as bespoke upholstered items including bed heads and foot stools.
‘With an online business, people from all over the world buy our products, which is amazing, but we don’t get to meet people face to face. The Hatch is a fantastic opportunity to take things direct to people so we can engage with our customers, get feedback and new ideas‘, said Charlotte.
M & C Designs is the first of many innovative local businesses Council hopes to support by making this space available. ‘We are looking for more businesses to take up this opportunity and use The Hatch to cultivate their ideas. Whether it’s bespoke jewellery, pre-packaged treats, flowers, boutique wares, art or apparel, The Hatch presents an unrivalled opportunity to showcase your products in a revitalised lifestyle precinct’, said Mr Payne.
Council is encouraging untried businesses, those only operating out of a temporary space such as a market stall, or businesses without a current physical outlet to apply for The Hatch. Businesses can operate in The Hatch for one to four weeks free of charge.
M & C Designs will be open in The Hatch at The Levee between 10.00am and 3.00pm Monday to Saturday from 21 March until 16 April. For more details about The Hatch and application forms visit theleveemaitland.com.au