The Champion Green initiative, in conjunction with Limerick Council, will allow SMEs to trade in the heart of the city for six months
By Niamh McNamara
Local Limerick enterprises could be in with the chance of winning their very own pop-up shop this summer.
#SupportLocal movement, Champion Green, has partnered with Limerick City and County Council to launch the new competition, with the five lucky winners provided with retail space on Roches Street.
Worth more than €30,000, this unique opportunity will allow SMEs to trade in the heart of the city for a six-month period, starting in June or July.
Senior Executive Officer at Limerick City and County Council, Cecilia Larkin, said of the initiative: “The Limerick pop-up is a super, risk-free opportunity for anyone looking to test the retail market, or to expand into a city centre retail space to capitalise on the busy summer trade.
“The city has a vibrant retail scene already, and adding new talent and creatives into the mix via this Champion Green initiative will give shoppers even more reason to head into town now.”
The prime 75 sqm retail location will be best suited to sole traders, local makers, designers and small businesses, specialising in lifestyle retail.
The unit is courtesy of well-known local businesswomen, Ann and Elaine Clogan, of O’Donnell Boutique on Catherine Street.
“Retail is the lifeblood of cities and communities, and while it is a challenging sector to work in, serving customers in person and bringing them great brands and products to choose from is always satisfying,” said Ann Clogan.
An Post Commerce will also provide a free national parcel service for one year to support online retailing, as well as a direct mail campaign worth €10,000 to promote the lucky winners. Those successful will also secure a one-year membership with the Small Firms Association.
The Champion Green movement was developed to help towns and cities remain vibrant for future generations, with €1 million invested in the public information campaign to date.
Entrants must be over 18, and their business based in the Republic of Ireland. Submissions must include a video or 500-word write-up on the business proposition.
Ten finalists will interview with an expert judging panel in mid-April, when up to five winners will then be selected.
Applications close at midnight on Monday, April 10.
Find out more or apply to the programme.