Local businesses and community groups looking for a hot-desking location are to be given the chance to win a year’s free office space worth more than £1,000.
Entries are soon to be invited to The Pitch competition, being launched by Stoke-on-Trent’s new premium office and co-working space Smithfield Works.
As well as 12 months in the serviced offices at Smithfield in the city-centre entrepreneurs will win free Start-Up membership offered by the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce.
The modern space is fully equipped with utilities including high-speed internet.
The Pitch will welcome entries from local businesses, start-ups, charities and solo entrepreneurs.
To enter, businesses will be asked to complete a form via the Smithfield Works website.
Submissions will be reviewed by a judging panel comprising representatives from Genr8 Developments, the regeneration specialists behind Smithfield Works, the Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, and Cllr Abi Brown, Leader of Stoke-on-Trent City Council.
The panel will draw up a shortlist and will then invite potential winners to attend an in-person pitching day direct to the judges.
Charlotte Teece, community manager at Smithfield Works, commented: “We are so excited to launch this new competition and offer businesspeople from the region the opportunity to benefit from brilliant offices. We are looking for local businesses who need a desk in a modern, quality and digitally-connected workspace to help them develop their business and build new relationships.”
Tom Nadin, Head of Projects and Business Services at Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce, said: “I’m delighted to have been asked to support ‘The Pitch’, to give one lucky local business access to this amazing new business facility.
“Staffordshire Chambers of Commerce supports thousands of local businesses every year, and the newly-developed Smithfield site supports the cultural shift from dedicated office working, to more fluid and flexible working patterns. Best of luck to all entrants.”
Potential applicants will be able to attend drop-in afternoons to see the space, explore Smithfield Works, and ask any questions about the membership prizes in advance of the competition deadline.