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Startups: Have You Got the Retail Factor?

Shopping-centre owner The Mall has launched a competition for small retail businesses in each of its 13 centres nationwide, with prizes including free trading and small business mentoring. Start-up businesses that want to trial new products in their local shopping centre should submit their plans online or to the "Ask Me Point" in their nearest Mall centre by the 20th February. Entries to The Retail Factor will be judged on innovation, commercial viability and relevance of the product to the local market. Businesses that make their region’s shortlist will be given free use of a retail merchandising unit for two weeks through to April. Following the bi-weekly trials, a panel will pick a winner from The Mall centres in Barnsley, Blackburn, Camberley, Luton, Maidstone, Middlesbrough... »