There are just three days left to enter this year’s Retail Factor competition, run by Walthamstow's Selborne Walk Mall shopping centre in association with the Waltham Forest Guardian.

The contest provides start-up businesses with the chance to trade for free from a Retail Merchandise Unit (RMU) stall at the Mall for two weeks.

There will be multiple spots available and at the end of the period a national winner will be picked from entrants across centres in the Mall chain.

Prizes include the chance to continue trading at a RMU with discounted charges, £500 cash for stock and a place at the Oxford Summer School Academy Course in August 2013.

The deadline for entering the competition is Sunday, with the judges picking the winners of the first stage on Tuesday.

Fill out an application online at www.themall.co.uk or pick up a form in The Mall Walthamstow.