handPICKED is our gift shop at intu Metrocentre which gives our students further opportunities to develop their entrepreneurial and retail skills.
Located in the upper green mall, handPICKED stocks carefully selected products created by Gateshead College’s budding student entrepreneurs and business start-ups alongside gorgeous gifts from the best suppliers, traders, designers and craft-makers.
From stylish homeware, beautiful jewellery, vintage prints, smart cards and scented candles, there’s plenty of gorgeous gifts to choose from.
The shop gives students an opportunity to produce and sell their own products and test their business ideas in a real retail environment. Students gain a broad range of skills in areas such as IT, digital marketing, point of sale, market research, sales, customer service and more.
There’s also the opportunity to complete work experience and apprenticeships at handPICKED.
The shop operates as a social enterprise with all profits donated back to the Gateshead College Foundation.
All Gateshead College staff and students receive 10% discount on any purchase (on presentation of an ID card.)