The Strand, Bootle: A shopping centre at the heart of social change

The Big Onion is an initiative located within The Strand shopping centre in Bootle, Merseyside, UK. The initiative was designed to provide local people the opportunity to start and grow their own businesses.

We offer affordable retail space within The Strand, allowing entrepreneurs to showcase their products and services to a wider audience. The initiative also provides business support and training, helping to ensure that these new businesses are set up for success. This support includes access to funding opportunities, marketing advice, and networking events.

The Big Onion is part of a wider strategy to promote economic development in the local area. By providing a supportive environment for new businesses, The Strand is helping to create employment opportunities and encourage entrepreneurship. This is particularly important in an area with high levels of unemployment and social deprivation.

The success of the Big Onion has been widely recognised, with many of the businesses that have started there going on to achieve significant growth and success. This has not only benefitted the entrepreneurs involved but has also helped to boost the local economy and strengthen the community.

The Big Onion, founded by Merseyside Expanding Horizons, help to promote social change and economic development in the local area. By providing affordable retail space and business support, it is encouraging entrepreneurship and helping to create new employment opportunities in the community.

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