Business accolade for Wrens store

The Wrens store on Fishergate in Ripon. (S)
The Wrens store on Fishergate in Ripon. (S)

A Ripon-based business which uses a former department store to rent space to new and small independent businesses has received national recognition.

Wrens, the House of Independent Retailers, has been named by collaborative small business network and advice hub Ingenious Britain as one of its ten “Ingenious Britons” for 2014.

The Ingenious Britons title is given to UK small businesses recognised for the innovative ways in which they have set up and managed their companies, and has been announed prior to the Festival of Small Businesses at Millenium Point, Birmingham, in September.

Mark Butler of Wrens said: “When this wonderful business started I don’t think anyone could anticipate the huge interest from small, independent local businesses who have been so keen to use our facilities.

“Our business model, while not a new idea – I think Mary Portas started it – has evolved and to run alongside the business opportunity we have developed business training in conjunction with the local authority, apprentice training under the new Government scheme and business software which would allow this business model to go national across all local authorities.”