Design 44, who curate a range of quirky UK and Scandinavian gifts and homeware, will be opening its second shop in Derby as part of the scheme.

Hatch is an initiative that has been launched by Revo – a national organisation that helps retail, property and placemaking to thrive. The campaign offers entrepreneurs and budding business owners the opportunity to set up their own shops in popular retail destinations with rent, service charges and business rates covered for the first six weeks.

Design 44 will join a range of big name brands such as All Saints, Zara and Phase Eight and will also be given access to business and marketing support from the British Independent Retailer’s Association, plus a year’s free BIRA membership.

Adam Tamsett, general manager at intu Derby, said: “The face of retail is changing and we’re seeing that customers want more choice between the nation’s favourite retailers and smaller, independent brands.

“intu Derby welcomes more than 22 million shoppers a year and we’re confident that Project D, Design 44 and Solesmith will be a huge hit once they open their doors to the public later this summer.

“Hatch gives local brands the chance to trade in a shopping centre for the first time and for two of the winners it will be their first step into a physical store. The competition gives winners a risk-free way to test customer demand for their products and all the winners will be supported by the intu team to make their stay a successful one.”

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