YOUNG artists are being given the chance to make their mark in a new project being opened by Croydon Business Venture.
The business support charity is looking for local youngsters to add a splash of colour to the premises as part of its commitment to being involved with the community.
It will be opening Weatherill House, Croydon's newest enterprise opportunity centre at Barratt's New South Quarter development off Purley Way in the spring.
And it is calling on the borough's schoolchildren and students to come up with wall designs to brighten up meeting rooms at the new facility.
There will be top prizes of an iPad, an iPod and a Kindle for the three winning designs.
Norman Pierce, CBV's chief executive said: "We are really excited to be opening this exciting new business centre, which will offer the latest state-of-the-art, fully serviced business accommodation facilities.
"We thought it would be great to get local youngsters, our entrepreneurs of the future, involved by offering them the chance to stamp their mark on the new building, as well as winning some great prizes."
Weatherill House will have 42 units of affordable work space to rent, as well as offering meeting rooms for hire on a half and full-day basis. The subsidised, all-inclusive monthly charges give businesses access to fully furnished office accommodation, receptionist and security, mail and messaging facilities, photocopy and fax services, wi-fi and cabled broadband.
There are also fully-equipped conference and meeting rooms, on-site catering and car parking.
Mr Pierce added: "With similar facilities offered at our premises in Acorn House, Weatherill House will build on the commitment to future entrepreneurs within Croydon and the surrounding areas."
Entry to the competition is open to anyone under the age of 18 simply by submitting a design on A3 paper. Entries must be received by Friday, March 22.
Designs can be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or posted to Norman Pierce, Group Chief Executive, Croydon Business Venture, Acorn House, 74-94 Cherry Orchard Road, Croydon, CR0 6BA.