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    Today was the launch of our post 'How Bizaar' venture. The Plum Tree opened today in the Kirkgate market in Leeds. There are 11 people involved and have joined together with Lilly (far left) to show and sell our crafts. we have to work in the shop and pay a percentage of the rent each but we get to see whats selling and meet the customers.

    The launch was on 13th November. There was drink and sandwiches and Paul from How Bizaar made a speach. The ribbon was cut by Kelly Hollis who is in Shameless and Emmerdale.

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    Below is the Artical from The Yorkshire Evening Post about the Shop and the event...

     hilary benn

    Keep Leeds Working: Space at Kirkgate Market to teach selling skills 

    Published Date: 16 November 2010

    It's a Bizaar way of encouraging business – but it works!
    The new Bizaar Quarter at Leeds's Kirkgate Market has seen the opening of its first stall.

    The Plum Tree will be selling the wares of local designers, as well as offering the chance to have bespoke items made.

    The store was opened on Saturday with a grand launch party attended by
    Shameless and Emmerdale star Kelly Hollis.

    Following on from the market's How Bizaar stall which gives people with a business idea the chance to test it out, the Bizaar Quarter helps them even further by moving into units at affordable rents for 12 weeks.

    The Plum Tree is selling items from Lily Bloom who make hats and fascinators, aroma greeting cards and other products from Inner Vision, bespoke jewellery pieces from Lisa Jane's Hidden Gems, the George and Lilly felt collection, clothing and lingerie from Ages of Elegance and reclaimed jewellery from Lady Bea's Vintage Hive.

    The Bizaar Quarter, funded by Sharing the Success, the city's Local Enterprise Growth Initiative, has eight stalls and its launch last month featured demonstrations by traders who have benefited from the How Bizaar stall. Leeds Central MP Hilary Benn cut the ribbon to open the Bizaar Quarter.

    A spokesperson for the initiative said: "What became evident over the last year of How Bizaar was that, after the 12-week trial period, many potential stallholders were struggling to make the leap to fully fledged businesses or market traders having had no experience of paying rent or managing their overheads.

    "The Bizaar Quarter will give traders a taste of this and, by offering financial and commercial support every step of the way. Sharing the Success and the Leeds Kirkgate Market team are bringing the final goal of a sustainable business closer to reality for the prospective stallholders."

    Simon Brereton, programme manager for Sharing the Success, added: "The Bizaar Quarter will continue the fantastic work that has already been done to open up the market to new traders selling their own products.

    "By working with these entrepreneurs and encouraging them to take things slowly and gradually, we will enable the next generation of stallholders to take root in this historic market."

    Coun Richard Lewis, executive member for development, said of the Bizaar Quarter's opening: "It is a fantastic addition to the market and running alongside How Bizaar will allow more budding businesses the opportunity to bring new and eclectic product ranges to the market."

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    Headingley Arts Trail preview
    Published Date: 08 November 2010

    Headingley's thriving art scene will show off its work during the suburb's Arts Trail this weekend.
    The event on Saturday and Sunday is partly inspired by the Saltaire Arts Trail.

    It is being organised by the Bowery Gallery in Headingley along with artists' groups from the area.

    Organsier Hana Gilbert said: "We've been planning this for months. We have had a lot of interest from artists who really want to open their own homes to showcase our area's art."

    Over 80 artists from across Yorkshire will be displaying their work in homes and bars throughout Headingley – with the trail culminating at the Hyde Park Picture House.

    A total of 15 venues, including Arcadia bar and Salvo's restaurant, will be open for the public to visit over the two days and many works will be for sale.

    Julia keates, who will be displaying art in her home, said: "In Headingley there's a real buzz about art at the moment.

    "I'm a bit nervous about people coming here, to my house, but I'm excited about the chance to show off what Headingley has to offer."

    The event launches on Friday with a free evening of entertainment, mulled wine and mince pies open to all at the Bowery.  

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