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Shopping centre competition offers rent-free store prize to independent retailer

Westgate Arcade in Queensgate Shopping Centre, Peterborough, is offering a rent-free store to the most exciting independent local retailer it can find, as part of celebrations for its 90th anniversary.

The shopping centre, managed by Lendlease and Invesco Real Estate, is working with the organisers of National Independent Retailer Month to stage a competition to find the most appropriate independent to benefit. The winner will be given a rent-free store for a month, and the chance to work with Queensgate’s marketing and social media teams.

“Westgate Arcade is well-known for its independent retailers and a place where you can buy individual and unique products.  We’re looking for local business people that have started a company, have a real passion for what they do and will complement the wonderful variety of retailers we currently have in the arcade,” says Queensgate centre director Mark Broadhead.

Peterborough entrepreneur Jospeh Valente, who won TV programme The Apprentice in 2015, is supporting the project. “This is a great opportunity for s small business owner to take their business to the next level.