New businesses Balloon Printing Company and The Shabby Hut get help from Mansfield District Council

Amanda Beebe hands over the keys to his unit at Bleak Hills Way to Colin Holmes.
Amanda Beebe hands over the keys to his unit at Bleak Hills Way to Colin Holmes.

MANSFIELD District Council has helped two new businesses get established in the town.

And the Balloon Printing Company at Bleak Hills Way and The Shabby Hut, in Regent Street, are already proving popular with customers.

Colin Holmes, of the Balloon Printing Company,took advantage of thecouncil’s cash incentive scheme, which offers £1,000 cashback to businesses taking on new leases at any of the authority’s vacant retail, office and industrial properties.

The company supplies custom printed balloons for all occasions including birthdays, weddings, christenings, advertising and business purposes, using a unique process that enables photographs to be converted into a one colour print for a balloon.

Colin said: “The £1,000 offered by Mansfield District Council to take up these premises was a big incentive. The costs of starting or moving a business can be very high, so the money was extremely useful. The council were very helpful from the outset.”

Another business to benefit from council help is The Shabby Hut, a family run shop, which is already creating a stir after winning the ‘Best of British’ dressed window competition held by Mansfield BID to celebrate the diamond jubilee.

The shop is bursting with unusual ideas and unique gifts, including handmade cards, china, candles and a range of furniture. They also have an in-house boutique ‘Beau et Vieux’, which offers a range of ladies vintage clothing, handbags, scarves and jewellery.

Manager Louise Ashley said: “We chose to come to Mansfield because of the amazing architecture in the town centre and the fact that there is a real opportunity here for independent shops.”

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