A new florist has opened in Stockton after receiving support from Stockton Council.
Caroline Maher owns Open all Flowers in January, having worked with B-Supplied, who deliver retail support on behalf of the Council to develop her business plan.
Caroline said: “I am really excited about opening my business in Stockton.
“With the regeneration programme nearing completion the town is a really exciting place to be.
“B-Supplied have been a huge support over the last six weeks, they have guided me through the business plan development process and have given me some invaluable advice. I would definitely recommend anyone interested in setting up their own business in Stockton to get in touch with them.”
Open all Flowers is one of more than 100 businesses B-Supplied have supported since they secured the Council’s retail support contract last July.
Stockton Council’s Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Transport, Councillor Mike Smith, said: “It is really encouraging to see yet another business open in Stockton Town Centre.
“The town is almost unrecognisable in comparison to two and a half years ago when its regeneration programme began.
“Confidence in the town is going from strength to strength and is a much more welcoming place to be.
“Vacancy rates are the lowest they have been in three years and in 2014 more than 40 businesses opened, expanded or relocated to Stockton Town Centre.
“The number of independent businesses is continuing to grow and we want to see even more set up shop in the coming weeks, months and years.”
B-Supplied can offer free retail support to anyone who is interested in starting up a business in Stockton as well as existing Stockton Town Centre businesses.
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