As part of the Pop Up Britain initiative Maria Allan Jewellery is among several online retailers who are sampling offline retailing over three months. The idea behind the scheme is for six business to ‘share’ an empty shop, each contributing part of the rent and receiving two weeks use of the shop.
Maria Allen Jewellery founder Maria Allen said: “I think that the idea of PopUp Britain is fantastic and I’m really glad to be taking part. My jewellery business is run online so getting the chance to sell in a pop- up shop for two weeks means that I can meet my customers, they can see my jewellery in person and I love hearing feedback from them on my designs. It can be a great chance for small businesses to test the market and see what it is like to run a shop.”
For more information on Maria’s works see http://mariaallen.bigcartel.com/
A restaurant that was forced to close and a woman made redundant from the fashion industry have joined forces to create a pop up shop. Restaurant Union Mash Up in Hull was was forced to shuts its doors after a planning application to allow it to be used as a public bar and restaurant was rejected. Caroline Pendleton will be running pop up shop Nest from the premises with her husband David.
The shop opened on Friday 26th July and will run for four days.
Caroline, of Marlborough Avenue, said: “The venue is still sticking to its name – there is a mash-up of things going on there. It came about because I was asking for premises that could be used for a pop-up shop and Dave Stead the owner got in touch. I’ve done Beverley Market and the market at Fruit Space in Hull before but this will be our first proper premises. We’ll test the water and see how it goes. We might look for something more permanent if it is successful.”
The Pendletons restore vintage furniture into a retro, vintage and shabby-chic style and have been running their company for only 7 weeks.
Pop in and take a look – 22 Princes Avenue, Hull HU5 3QA
The town centres set to receive the second wave of Portas Review money have been announced.
Brighton (London Road), Ashford, Forest Hill and Waterloo are among the recipients of up to £100,000 to improve their high streets. Brighton is looking to tackle antisocial behaviour in order to help realise the London Road area’s full potential and Waterloo plans to set up satellite markets and tackle the number of empty shops in the area.
Mary Portas said, “I am thrilled that communities up and down the country have looked beyond the money and have been mobilised to create ‘town teams’ and demand more for their high streets. Whilst I shall continue to fight for the other 27 ‘recommendations’ in my Review I am looking forward to seeing fifteen more British towns putting their plans into action.”
The winning towns are an eclectic mix of locations and demographics – from market towns to coastal areas to more suburban places – and with a wide range of income levels. The 15 towns just announced are in addition to the 12 Portas Pilots from the first round of the review.
Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has highlighted government proposals to scrap restrictions that put off start-up businesses from using vacant high street shops until a permanent tenant can be found. The proposals essentially remove some of the red tape that causes shop owners potentially costly delays while waiting for planning permission to utilise a unit for a different purpose. Landlords would be given permission to temporarily change the use of an empty shop for two years, which would presently cost around £1,200 on average and take a number of weeks to complete.
The minister is of the belief that getting vacant properties back in use will not only improve the high street, but also help start up businesses prosper, which in turn will improve the local economy and help landlords meet property costs.
The Government has committed over eighty million pounds to provide start-up loans for young entrepreneurs, which could create over 30,000 new businesses. The steps being highlighted today will make it easier for start-ups to find low-cost stores to set up in.
Eric Pickles said: “Shopping habits are changing and the high street must respond. The trip to town needs to be worthwhile. In just the same way as the cinema offers a better movie going experience than TV the high street needs to come up with ways to give it an edge over internet deals and out of town shopping centres. Leaving empty shops to rot is a wasted economic opportunity that spoils the town centre – that is why we are proposing to scrap the damaging red tape that is keeping so many boarded up. This change can unleash our young entrepreneurs to open pop-up shops and turn the high streets into an exciting start-up launch pad. Reclaiming dreary unused street space can breathe new life into high streets – by decluttering streets for pedestrians, creating a lively atmosphere with pavement cafes, pop-up shop spots and entertainment so they are more family friendly fun place to go.”
This is an exciting development and we here at popupspace will be watching with interest.
Willing landlords are the key, says our own Rosie Cann of Popupspace. “For many years I worked for private landlords, and was always keen to negotiate pop-up style deals on the empty properties I managed. I never saw the sense in a shop sitting empty for any period of time. The benefits to a landlord of having a property occupied are so much broader than just the rental income.”
With 20 shops shutting for good every day, one in six now stand vacant in the UK’s high streets compared to one in twenty before the recession, so Miss Cann has a point.
Dan Thompson, who published the Pop-up People report earlier in the year having spent time working worth small business in the South of England is still not sure that they can really change the fortunes of the declining high street.
“The last government gave over 100 towns money for this, but there’s no evidence gathered, so we don’t know what worked or what didn’t. There is also no data on how many pop-ups exist, as they come and go very quickly. Some of the money given to these 12 towns should be used to gather evidence to help our town centres – the best evidence we have that they work is that traders keep coming back and doing them again.”
Carli-Jayne McNaught runs The Olde Young Tea House in Middlesbrough, recently branched out and hosted a pop-up cafe at a fashion event at Middlesbrough Institute for Modern Art (mima).
“Being involved with a pop-up event gets your business into another channel of sales, and I feel that having a travelling tea house, as well as my regular shop, will help the business grow in areas it wouldn’t normally. I contacted the marketing company after hearing about the mima event, and think that it could be made easier for small businesses to get involved. Pop ups are not promoted enough as an option for existing businesses. They should be.”
So while it is not definitive whether or not pop up shops can really change the fortune of our town and city centres, certainly they offer an opportunity for small businesses to open with less risk and larger organisations to present new products in a new and exciting way creating more interest and diversity in our high streets.
If you are flying into Paris and realise you have left your wardrobe and dining set at home – never fear as Ikea, the Swedish flat pack furniture retailer has set up a pop up shop in Charles De Gaulle airport.
So take a stop over in terminal 3 and the hostesses will take you on a tour of 9 different bedrooms, a living room, a children’s play area and somewhere to chill and watch the television if shopping is not your thing.
Open until 5th August
The Mexican food experts Wahaca have popped up on top of the Southbank Centre in London.
The new venue has been put together from eight recycled shipping containers and it sits on top of the Queen Elizabeth Hall overlooking the Thames and it is part of the centre’s Festival of the World which will run until 9th September and has made the site a busy port with outdoor art installations drawing in people from across the city.
If you are familiar with Wahaca you will not be disappointed by their Chunky Guacamole and Tamarind cocktails and Mojitos and you will get the chance to try something from the new specials menu, which changes each month.
Wahaca Southbank is open Monday to Saturday 12pm – 11pm and Sunday 12 pm to 10.30pm. Remember to get their early as they don’t take bookings.
A Brazilian architect has designed a pop up tea shop that is literally just that! Alan Chu has designed a wall of what appears to be flat coloured panels, that when open reveal a fully fitted tea shop complete with kitchen, display area and pantries. A purple hatch slides out to become a counter and a grey panel moves into shelving units, with cupboards all cleverly concealed.
Worth a visit if you happen to be heading to Sao Paulo.