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From | Monday 25 February 2019

Businesswoman Polly Lanham describes Hull as the ‘perfect location’ to start a business.

Ellen Crabtree, left, and Polly Langham, outside their new business ventures in Paragon Arcade, Hull.

Two Hull businesswomen are branching out with their own independent ventures in the city centre’s Paragon Arcade.

Ellen Crabtree, who works as a barmaid to supplement her work making babywear, has made the move from selling online to bricks and mortar with her store, Belle and Benjamin.

And Polly Langham, who has worked at TONI&GUY hairdressing salons in Hull, London and Sydney, has decided to go solo with her own salon, called Milk.

Polly said she Hull was the ‘perfect location’ to start a business.

She said: “I live in Hull with my husband and daughter and was commuting to London when I worked there. But I love Hull. I love that it’s a big city with a local feel and Paragon Arcade exemplifies that. And it’s not expensive.

“I heard about the arcade and that there were units available. After spending some time down here, I thought that it was the perfect location to start an independent business. 

"I liked that it was all independent local businesses working together to promote both the city and their businesses. For a small new business, this seemed like the perfect location because it’s such a supportive environment."

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