Business Incubator and retail academy in Paisley, Scotland

InCube Competition 2019

February 2019 Intake

Working within the creative retail, fashion, textiles, jewellery, crafts, makers sectors and want to start or grow a business in Renfrewshire?

The InCube Start up “Create” programme is a fantastic opportunity to launch or grow your own creative business with funding and support from industry specialists and advisors.

Winning entrepreneurs will win a package of support including:

  • Free office & meeting space in modern & fully equipped premises in Paisley town centre, with free IT, video conferencing and WiFi for up to 9 months.
  • Access to funding
  • Advisory support on e-commerce, branding, website & social media
  • Access to a range of workshops on the “how to” aspects of making your business successful eg marketing, book-keeping, sales, customer service, business growth planning
  • Access to free retail space in InCube shop to showcase/sell your own products
  • Business advisory support
  • Business mentoring within a creative, supportive environment.
  • Access to high profile networking events


Application Process

  • Step 1 Complete the registration form. The InCube team will get in touch with eligible applicants & issue a Business Plan template.
  • Step 2 Submission of Business Plan for short listing to Pitching Panel
  • Step 3 Eligible applicants will be invited to a Pitching Panel to discuss their business idea & products.

Please note: applicants need to ensure that sufficient time is allowed for completion and return of business plan – it is this plan which will be scored and used to determine which applications are being taken forward to the Pitching panel.


Important Dates

Apply from: Monday 10th December

Closing date for submission of applications: Monday 11th February

Pitching panel: Thursday 21st February

Winners Announced: Friday 22nd February

Programme start date: Wednesday 27th February


Programme Overview

The InCube programme is tailored to the needs of emerging creative retail businesses including those in the fashion, textile, jewellery and craft sectors.


Successful applicants (InCubees) will attend the core programme for up to 2 days per week with hot desks /business development space being available a further 3 days per week on an optional and pre-bookable basis. The core programme will be delivered over 6 months with workshops delivered by industry experts and a variety of sessions including Inspirers sessions, workshops, mentoring and business planning sessions.


Advice and support will be available for branding, website creation & management, social media and e-commerce.


InCubees will also have the opportunity to sell their products at InCube shop.


What will be expected of InCube businesses?

  • Commit to the core programme, with support available for up to 9 months.
  • Follow up on any required actions or development work as identified in workshops and one-to-one sessions.
  • Commit and actively contribute to the mentoring programme.
  • Act as an advocate for InCube and InCube Shop.
  • Take an active role in promoting and selling their products through InCube Shop and to participate in events such as “Meet the Maker”.
  • Take responsibility for fulfilling customer orders and delivering high standards of customer care for their own products stocked in the InCube shop.
  • Display the InCube logo on your websites etc and acknowledge InCube in any press releases or publicity.
  • Take part in any additional activities such as events, pop-up markets etc, as is deemed beneficial.


Application criteria

InCube applications are open to individuals and/or businesses that:

  • are based in Renfrewshire or considering setting up In Renfrewshire
  • have a business bank account
  • can commit to attending the core programme – approximately 2 days per week.

Applications are open to creative retail, fashion, textiles, jewellery, crafts, makers businesses serving a niche market which will not adversely affect other retailers in the area. Businesses in the following sectors are not eligible to apply; the sex industry, politics, religion, nude or semi nude modelling or photography, gambling, multi level marketing/pyramid selling.

Sole traders, social enterprises, partnerships, limited liability partnerships and limited companies are all eligible.

Applications will be assessed on the following criteria:

  • Originality of the business idea –  innovative, creative business which will be based in Renfrewshire
  • Entrepreneurial qualities – enthusiasm, ambition, drive & perseverance, creativity
  • Skills required to run & grow a business
  • A well prepared business plan
  • Risk awareness
  • Sustainability
  • A clear vision for growing your business with the potential to reach out with the area
  • How well does the business contribute to development plans around Paisley town centre & local economic & social strategies?


Applications are now welcome. Terms & conditions apply. Apply Here

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