AN ENTREPRENEUR is keen to establish a new community of start-up businesses.
Mandy Ibrahim, 47, took on the lease of a warehouse in South Street, St Leonards, in July, and is appealing for small and start-up businesses to get in touch with her with a view to renting space within it.
She has named the warehouse Queen of Diamonds Indoor Trading and said: “I find there are a lot of people who are doing it, but the rates they are charging are absolutely ridiculous.
“I thought there must be a lot of people who want to start up a business but they can’t afford the rates.”
Within the warehouse, Mandy has built a room from which she currently runs a clairvoyancy and tarot reading business.
She added that the space was very versatile and ideal for people to build small offices or workshops, and is connected to the internet.
Mandy is willing to be flexible when negotiating terms, and said: “I don’t want to make a fortune, but want to help others who are in that predicament.
“It allows them to give it a go without falling in the deep end.”
In Hastings, Britannia Enterprise Centre in Waterworks Road is on a larger scale but has a similar ethos in that it is not profit-driven.
Management team Henry Gastall and daughter Lucy rent units at affordable rates to fledgling businesses.
Success stories have included Hastings Brewery, Bell’s Bicycles, Respond Academy, and Gizmo.
For more information on Queen of Diamonds Indoor Trading contact Mandy on 07581 417752.