Indoor spaces for small businesses in Bedford UK

Indoor spaces for small businesses in Bedford UK

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Nic Deiana started this petition to Mayor of Bedford Borough and

I wish the council could take over and lease one of the many empty shops in the town centre.
Empty shops like the Peacocks can give an opportunity to the local smaller and handmade businesses if split into smaller spaces and rented to them.
Basically by creating an indoor market targeted to businesses like art and handmade crafts, local products, local services.
It could be a month to month contract with the natural rotation of different businesses.

This space could have market-style food stalls with a central eating area like in Asian shopping malls with different outlets selling food, seating area in the middle and with small shops above and around. Street entertainers can be involved too, within a complex like that could help bring in customers and provide an income for performers.

We can be inspired by the Camden Market in London and all the similar indoor markets around our town.

This will help all the businesses that can't afford or don't feel ready to risk for committing to rent their own space just yet, then and when they get good custom they will upgrade and rent bigger shops.

We do feel there is more need for independent shops and we want to bring our town centre back to life. 

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