Creative workspace and accelerator Huckletree is to launch an initiative to help support local fashion entrepreneurs and businesses, offering work space and mentoring at its co-working space in Manchester.
The Entrepreneur in Residence programme will see a chosen entrepreneur handed a full year of office space alongside regular mentoring sessions with in-house experts on marketing, commercial growth and leadership skills.
Huckletree founders Gaby Hersham and Andrew Lynch decided to set up the initiative after witnessing the approach entrepreneurs in the fashion and creative industries have taken when faced with the huge challenges of COVID-19.
Manchester’s Huckletree is already home to fashion businesses including Depop and Stand4Socks. The space is also home to creative businesses including marketing specialist Regital, who work with Gymshark.
Gaby Hersham, Huckletree Co-founder and CEO, commented: “We realised the pandemic has been an equaliser for business. New businesses were being founded from bedrooms, but those new founders were finding themselves in a foreign world of entrepreneurship without the safety net or the bond of community.
“It’s been inspiring to see our members innovate their way through the pandemic and continue to blaze a trail across their industries, but we know that innovation doesn’t happen at home.
“We’re especially excited about the fashion and creative scene in the North, where fashion brands like Pretty Little Thing, The Manchester Bee Company and creative marketing businesses like Regital are tackling the pandemic with a combination of inspiring resilience and the creative approach that brought them their initial success.”
Applications close Friday 15 January 2021, with the successful candidate selected later in January by a panel of judges, with access to Huckletree and its facilities granted almost immediately.