New business ideas still have a place in market

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MARKET stalls in Leeds which are designed to encourage new entrepreneurs into business will continue despite the project behind them coming to an end.

The Bizaar Quarter in Kirkgate Market and the How Bizaar stall there will remain even though Sharing the Success has reached the end of the road.

Sharing the Success, the Leeds Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, has come to the end of its funding.

Set up to promote growth and enterprise in some disadvantaged areas of Leeds, the programme and its partners supported more than 1,000 small businesses and created more than 500 new jobs as well as engaging 15,000 young people in schools.

One of the initiatives set up by Sharing the Success was the Bizaar Quarter which gives people with an entrepreneurial idea the chance to test it out and learn about the financial aspects of running a business. The stalls are offered at an affordable rent.

They follow on from the market’s How Bizaar stall which offers the opportunity to test out a business idea at an earlier stage.

How Bizaar will come to an end later this year but the Bizaar Quarter is set to continue.

Paul Rydel, sales co-ordinator for the How Bizaar programme through Urban Biz, who also advises the Bizaar Quarter, told the YEP: “How Bizaar is on till the end of September and that is being reviewed by Leeds City Council.

“The Bizaar Quarter remains open and active and there are people still in some of the units. That’s still funded.

“That could go on indefinitely.”

Mr Rydel said that the initiatives had proved popular with entrepreneurs and the public using Kirkgate Market.

He said: “We get a lot of positive feedback.”

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