Two independent stores to open in Milton Keynes shopping centre following free retail space competition

    Today, Midsummer Place are excited to announce the winners of the ‘Hatch 2023’ initiative that searched for independent entrepreneurs to compete for free retail space.

    The winners are Fire Nest Candles and Fully Charged Silverstone.

    Fire Nest Candles

    As seen in British Vogue & BBC Radio, Fire Nest Candles creates hand-crafted wellness products & offers craft workshops. Founder Phoebe and Will started the business in 2019 and it has gone from strength to strength ever since.

    Offering a variety of Luxury Craft Workshops including Candle Making, Pottery, Flower Pressing, Perfumery, Bath Bomb Making, and more. Fire Nest also offer at-home Kits and DIY follow-along YouTube Craft Videos.

    Alongside their Workshops, they also sell their own Candle Ranges, Ceramics, Bath Bombs, Soaps and more. These are all hand-crafted by Phoebe and Will in their studio with the highest quality ingredients prioritising eco-friendly packaging and materials. 

    Fully Charged Silverstone

    Fully Charged Silverstone offers hybrid, eMTB and eCargo electric bikes for everyone looking to go from A to Beyond!

    Since Fully Charged started its journey as a small pop-up in Old Street station in 2014, it’s always been driven to make a positive impact on both people and the planet using this incredible technology.

    Fully Charged Silverstone is extremely proud to have helped countless customers and businesses to "fully charge" their worlds by going electric.

    Kirsty McGiff, Marketing Manager at Midsummer Place, has driven the competition and said that the team were blown away by the entries this year. “We are thrilled to be able to give small business a platform to expand. It’s incredibly exciting to announce, not only one, but two winners this year, due to the incredibly high talent.

    “Midsummer Place continues to support independent businesses and give them opportunities to grow in a high-profile area. The current development of The Boulevard is becoming a showcase food court for independent eateries in one of the most stylish locations in central Milton Keynes. Good luck to Fire Nest Candles and Fully Charged Silverstone, we wish them all the very best for the future.”

    Over 20 businesses entered the Hatch competition which launched in January and were whittled down to seven who presented to a panel of judges.

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