Steve and Sophie Cator of Family Property Solutions Ltd, Norfolk, want small, home-based and start-up businesses to open their eyes to the potential of moving into the former Holbeach Beds shop in Park Road.
The couple hope to bring the experience gained from their family-run car sales business based less than 15 miles south of Norwich into this new venture, less than three weeks after a new wensite was launched on social media to promote shops and businesses in Holbeach.
Sharon, a qualified accountant, said: “We were on the way to Birmingham and saw the building on a website.
“My husband and I came to view it in January as property investors wanting to help small businesses and we were able to negotiate the price down because the sellers could see that we wanted to do something for the community.
“The idea is to turn it into an indoor shopping and business centre, with six small units for family, home-based and budding businesses.
I’ve spoken to numerous people who have said that this community is crying out for this kind of new lifeblood in HolbeachSophie Cator, Family Property Solutions Ltd, Norfolk
“I’ve spoken to numerous people who have said that this community is crying out for this kind of new lifeblood into Holbeach and now we want small businesses to come and see the units that are available.”
The shop, which is thought to have been empty for at least a year, will need a £125,000 transformation to turn it into a business centre for Holbeach, according to Sophie.
But already, a photography business, hand-made gift specialist, trendy fashion designer and antique dealer have shown an interest in taking four out of the units on offer.
Sophie said: “We’re hoping to open in May, subject to getting the finance and tenants in place, and everything my husband and I are putting into this centre is aimed at making it work.
“We’ve listened to the feedback from people, including my dad who works in Long Sutton, and the messages we’ve had back make us think that this can help to regenerate the Holbeach area.
“As soon as the financial terms are completed and the units are allocated, we can do the required work on the building in about two weeks.
“But now we want people to support us and local small businesses to come and see the units.”