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Allied London offer budding entrepreneurs the chance to win a retail or leisure space at St. John’s, Manchester

Allied London are inviting ambitious entrepreneurs to devise a new retail and/or leisure concept to be presented before judges at the Enterprise City UK Festival Launch, on the 26th April.

In keeping with the ethos of Enterprise City at St. John’s, Allied is encouraging creative thinkers to dream up innovative retail and leisure pitches, and in return, Allied London will commit to working with the winner to develop a space at Enterprise City – there’s just one catch, the winner must come up with a concept that does not yet exist in Manchester.

In 2015, Allied London launched The Kitchens, a street-food start-ups competition, which resulted in the opening of new Spinningfields restaurant Beastro this year – giving prime, city-centre restaurant space to the Bangers & Bacon street food traders.

Entrants will submit their initial concept and vision for the operation via email or video and a group of winners will be selected to pitch on the Innovation Stage at ECUK Festival, before being whittled down to three finalists.

Josh Rose, from Rosewood Plc and Soho House who will be one of five judges of the competition said “I’m delighted to be working with Allied London on such an exciting development. The vision for St. Johns is to have a mix of F&B operators from established London brands to local grassroots street food operators.”

“This competition is a fantastic opportunity for local restaurant entrepreneurs to pitch their ideas for the chance to partner up with Allied and secure space within the new St Johns development”

Fellow judge, Chris Miller of White Rabbit Fund, added “White Rabbit was founded on the idea of helping early stage hospitality entrepreneurs realise their dreams and launch their concepts.  This programme provides a great opportunity to do exactly that at a very unique venue”.


Josh Artus, of the Centric Lab and the Conscious Cities movement, said “retail continues to evolve as it straddles the complexities of existing online, offline and having a unique story. These challenges mean that people in retail are always pushing the barriers before everyone else, and what better place to have their story told in Manchester’s newest and most innovative destination of St. John’s”

Michael Ingall, Chief Executive of Allied London quoted: “As we did at The Kitchens street food incubator at Spinningfields with newly opened Beastro restaurant, we will do with our new concept at St. John’s. We have learnt and now have a proven track record of how to work with start-ups, taking emerging traders and helping them graduate to restaurant owners and operators. This time at Enterprise City. St. John’s we are looking to back concepts. Our criteria is to back a new concept; it can be a start-up operator or a mature established operator but the  concept has to be new, unique and sustainable – it must be something that will provide the customer with an experience. “

Hosted at St. John’s – Manchester’s all-new city-centre neighbourhood – Enterprise City Festival brings together some of the UK’s most innovative and creative minds for a one-day launch festival celebrating disruptive thinking, doing and entrepreneurship.  Judges include Josh Rose, Founder of Rosewood PLC, Chris Miller at White Rabbit Fund, Andrea George, Co-founder of new King Street restaurant Suri and Michael Ingall Chief Executive of Allied London.

Entrants are asked to submit no more than two pages or a max.30 second video outlining concept, inspiration, competitors and precedent imagery by 24th April.

The winner of the R&L Competition will work with Allied London to develop their space at Enterprise City’s Bonded Warehouse.




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