Incube, Renfrewshire Council’s business incubator, is on the look-out for local entrepreneurs.
They are now accepting applications to help people grow their start up and early stage creative businesses in 2017.
InCube aims to help up to 20 creative businesses each year by assisting with funding, improving skills and giving support.
Karen Hanvidge, a graduate from Glasgow School of Art, used InCube to help grow her ceramics business.
The InCube shop on Gilmour Street Paisley
Karen originally applied to sell her work in their exclusive shop as a guest trader before joining its comprehensive nine-month support programme to help further the growth of her business.
She said: “My experience with InCube so far has been one of great encouragement, great ideas, positive inspiration, help and support for funding and setting up networking events to help us to build our confidence and belief in our products.”
“I can’t think of a single person I know who has been given such a fantastic opportunity to make, develop and grow their businesses with so much fantastic and invaluable support and advice! I would thoroughly recommend any new creative businesses to apply for a position in InCube”
The business incubator is in support of Renfrewshire Council’s aim to regenerate the town over the next 10 to 15 years and its bid to become the UK City of Culture 2021.
Renfewshire Council aim to regerate Paisley’s town centre
Having been awarded funding from the Culture Events and Heritage fund Karen will soon be holding ceramic workshops in Paisley Museum.
Karen hopes that this will bring more attention to the museum, saying: “I’m very excited about these workshops in the museum and I am hoping they will put a spotlight on the wonderful Paisley Museum and their fabulous ceramics collection and drive more visitors to Paisley’s town centre, especially in light of Paisley’s bid to be UK City of Culture in 2021!”
Winners of this year’s competition will attend a core programme for two days a week with a business development space being available three days per week, over six months, to help their business grow through 2017.
Applications for the competition will close on the 14th November.
To find out more about the competition visit the InCube website.