11 Jun

I’ve been thinking a lot more about my own business idea since meeting so many vintage retailers that are so passionate about what they do for a living.

one concept that intrigues me is that of Harry Smiles, as they are part of the Meanwhile Space programme.

Meanwhile Space are a Community Interest Company that started in July 2009. They combine knowledge and experience to:

  • Make the concept of meanwhile more mainstream
  • Support people to access space that is less exclusive
  • Advise the public and private sector to initiate schemes
  • Directly deliver space animation projects

“‘Meanwhile use’ is the temporary use of vacant buildings or land for a socially beneficial purpose until such a time that they can be brought back into commercial use again. It makes practical use of the ‘pauses’ in property processes, giving the space over to uses that can contribute to quality of life and better places whilst the search for a commercial use is ongoing.”

If this could take off in Birmingham it could be a great idea to begin with a pop-up shop, supported by Meanwhile to establish my brand and company and develop a healthy client base.

This way there is no risk of being tied down to a contract before finding out if it is a viable business idea or not.

From observing other business it is evident you can do all the market research in the world to ensure your idea is desirable but it’s a completely different thing when you’re up and running!

This would be a great way to test the water with minimum commitment though!

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