Meet the Grow at Grosvenor winner! Leafy House is coming to a store near you

Northampton shopping centre is about to get a little bit greener

Local plant lovers are in for a treat in 2020! Grosvenor Shopping Northampton is delighted to confirm that Leafy House will be opening at the shopping centre after being confirmed as the inaugural winner of the ‘Grow at Grosvenor’ initiative.

The local social enterprise, which specialises in selling stunning house plants in Northampton and online, is expanding and has signed an initial 12-month lease at the mall. It will begin trading in time for spring, with the fit-out of its unit beginning in the new year.

From 26 applicants, Leafy House made a final shortlist of seven and was invited to deliver a presentation about its business concept last month toEvan Ryan, asset manager at Legal & General – owner of Grosvenor Shopping Northampton – as well as James Roberts, centre manager at the shopping centre, and Hayley Atkinson, marketing manager at Grosvenor Shopping Northampton.

Linda Nowara, owner of Leafy House, scored highly across the board for her business’ social values, social media and web presence, customer base, business model and future potential. As a result, Leafy House has been crowned as the inaugural winner of ‘Grow at Grosvenor’.

The initiative launched back in September, providing small business owners and local entrepreneurs the opportunity to secure retail space at Grosvenor Shopping Northampton, completely free for a year, following on from its refurbishment to provide a more stylish and modern shopping environment in the heart of the town centre.

James Roberts says he is delighted to be welcoming Leafy House to Grosvenor Shopping Northampton next year: “We had a lot of excellent and high-quality submissions for ‘Grow at Grosvenor’ during the application process. We were overwhelmed with the quality of the response.

“The outstanding quality of Leafy House’s application caught our attention immediately. Grosvenor Shopping Northampton and Legal & General are passionate and committed to supporting our community and to have the opportunity to work with a popular local business like Leafy House is brilliant news.

“There’s no question that it will bring something completely different to the shopping centre. Leafy House delivers a real high-quality product that I think our local shoppers are going to love just as much as we do. We cannot wait for the store to open next year.”

Linda Nowara added: “It’s a great privilege for me to receive this opportunity. I am very thankful and excited about the future. I hope that this will also inspire other people and empower them to work hard to make their dreams come true.

“I’m thankful to Grosvenor Shopping Northampton for putting its trust in me. I am very grateful and proud to be part of the ‘Grow at Grosvenor’ initiative. I can’t wait to make this space green!”

Grosvenor Shopping Northampton can also confirm that it will be working with a number of other business concepts that applied for ‘Grow at Grosvenor’. Further details of this will be confirmed in due course.