enabling businesses to reach their customers via face to face retail.

We have thought through the entire process from property search to grand opening and have built a specialised toolkit to tackle every obstacle you are likely to face.

As well as guiding you on what to do and when, our 5 tools will enable you to identify where your customers live and shop, find the best property for your business, assess affordability, secure a property and negotiate competitive lease terms. 

We will also connect you with useful contacts and help you manage your store design and fit out, right up to the first day of trade.

the hatch toolkit

Which properties are available? How many customers live in the area? How much rent should I offer? Should I ask for a rent-free incentive? How long does the leasing process take? What are my full operating expenses? How do I save on fees? Am I responsible for repair and maintenance? These are just some of the questions you will be faced with and ones our tools can answer.


Find a property the easy way. Advertise your requirements to the market place. Reach out to active agents in the areas you are looking. Set up alerts and optimise your property search. 


Analyse the population size and demographics of each location.  Identify the best location for your business and gauge how many customers you will tap into.


Assess the affordability of each potential site. Measure the full upfront cost as well as ongoing cost of leasing each property.  Forecast turnover against costs, assess profitability.


Expertly navigate the leasing process to save time and give the best chance of securing a property on the most competitive terms.


Join our community of small businesses. Get support and exchange contacts, tips and recommendations.

why physical retail?

Physical retail gives you something online retail cannot. It enables you to demonstrate the quality of your product or service in person, engage with customers face to face and build brand awareness and loyalty. Having your logo in big, bold writing above the shop door gets your brand noticed and enables you to acquire new customers.

What’s the catch?

The process of opening a shop or other high street business can be challenging. It requires time, energy, and perseverance. Choosing the right property and securing it on affordable terms takes skill and is fundamental to whether your business just survives or thrives. The location, pitch, condition, lease terms and timeframes all play a part in determining its success.

So why go at it alone?

Don’t! There is no need to. Hatch makes the process of leasing commercial property and opening a high street business as easy and risk free as it should be. We offer affordable support, guidance, and data analysis through a series of tools, to ensure you make the right decisions.

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