Need a lift?
The University of Warwick, Creative Futures and 1 Mill Street supported by BID Leamington are offering free lifts up and down the Parade for a limited time only!
Hail a ride free of charge from Thursday 8th – Monday 12th July, anytime from 11am – 4pm.
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What’s it all about?
Creative Futures Incubator is already powering up new local businesses, but now is also powering pedestrians up the Parade in Leamington, with 2 e-trikes. These innovative pedicabs provide a creative, environmentally friendly way for residents to get around the town centre and access the shops.
In discussions with local partners about how the programme could use creativity and ingenuity to benefit residents and identify another cohort of creative businesses to work with, the team spoke to BID Leamington and hit upon the idea of supporting the link from bus stops to shops, by offering a fun, comfortable rides up and down the Parade while it is closed.
From 11am to 4pm from 8th – 12th July, the Creative Futures Incubator will be providing two sponsored electric Pedicabs to provide pedal power to Parade pedestrians who wish to access shops and services. Pedicabs developed by Hailservices, a Coventry-based zero emission taxi and delivery services company, are powered by friendly riders, and will be stationed at the top and bottom of the ‘closed’ area when not enroute. Passengers are invited to flag them down and enjoy the ride completely free of charge.
Stephanie Kerr, Executive Director, BID Leamington said
“Businesses supported by Creative Futures have already been making a positive impact in the town centre, so we are delighted to support this programme. We are also keen to explore future sustainable access, mobility and delivery options that serve both businesses and customers, so felt this this might be interesting idea to try out”
In 7 months, the first 5 businesses in the Creative Futures Incubator raised £101k worth of finance, created 3 new jobs and gained 9 new clients. The University of Warwick through this scheme delivered 101 hours of 1:1 coaching, 23 hours group sessions & introductions to 64 business or academic contacts. The businesses also benefited greatly from connecting with over 250 small and medium enterprises in the 1 Mill Street community and connecting with the wider creative cluster which is the largest outside of Greater London.
Clare Green, Creative & Digital Communities Manager at the University of Warwick said:
“We want to help creative business accelerate, so finding a creative way to help pedestrians accelerate up and down the Parade while we look for the next cohort of creative businesses feels appropriate. Leamington pedestrians have between 8th and 12th July to take us up on our pedal power offer, but creative business have until the end of the month to apply to join the programme”
Are you a creative start-up or small business looking to smash your goals in 2021?
Then Creative Futures is the place for YOU! Join us and you’ll gain;
- Six months tailored business support
- 1:1 coaching and access to experts
- Desk space at 1 Mill Street – an innovative co-working space in Leamington Spa.
Everyone selected will join the ten businesses who have already benefited from our programme and will become part of our collaborative community.
DEADLINE: 31st July at 5pm, click here to APPLY