Furniture Upcycling Business Wins Prescot Shop

By on Thursday, March 27, 2014

win_a_shop_prescotA new Prescot town centre shop will restore and sell vintage furniture, as well as teach people how to “upcycle” their own old items.

Local entrepreneur Cheryl Mullins won a year’s free rental on a unit in Prescot Shopping Centre.

As part of her prize, she’ll also receive full refurbishment of the premises, advice and support from several local business organisations, and membership of the Knowsley Chamber of Commerce.

Her business, Grace Lea, opens the doors of its new shop on Saturday 7 June.

The mall unit (pictured), which lies partly on Eccleston Street, was last occupied by Prescot Home Furnishing but has been empty for three years.

prescot_home_furnishing_win_a_shop_grace_leaIt aims to sell high-quality, bespoke furniture at affordable prices, cashing in on the growing trend of upcycling, a spin on recycling that increases items’ value, giving them a “shabby chic” appearance.

As all the work is carried out on the premises, customers will have the chance to take part in workshops to bring life back to their own once-unwanted household items.

Cheryl went through a three-stage selection process, beating 25 other local businesses to win the competition.

Laura McCumiskey, of organisers One Ark, said the winner’s business plan was “robust and showed talent,” and that she “blew us away with her enthusiasm and entrepreneurship.”

Cheryl said that operating rent-free for a year “will enable me to focus on establishing and growing the business rather than worrying about covering such a large overhead.”

She added, “I’m looking forward to learning from the self-employment support and developing my business, while at the same time being able to give something back to the community.”

One Ark partnered with Knowsley Chamber of Commerce, Vivark, CBRE, Knowsley Council, The Women’s Organisation, Prescot Town Team, Poco Coffee and Sergeants Accountants to run the contest.

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