Category Archives: economics

Mary Portas back in Margate

Mary Portas has been back in Margate to open two shops in the Kent seaside town that she is using her experience to help regenerate. Chosen as one of the 27 Portas Pilots, Margate has received funding from the government … Continue reading

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Pop Shop Wiltshire

Chippenham’s Emery Gate shopping centre is to have new life breathed into it by four friends who are opening a pop up shop. Named Pop Shop Wiltshire, the shop will sell ethical local products and was put together by Dan … Continue reading

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City of York Council waives rates for pop up shop

We Are Your Emporium in Micklegate was set up by a collective of social enterprises and not-for-profit organisations to create opportunities for people with learning difficulties. The gift shop and gallery has been trading as a pop up shop since April but … Continue reading

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Newcastle Borough Council supporting pop up shops

Newcastle Borough Council is planning to offer low or zero rents in selected vacant units in the town centre to encourage pop up shops. Mo Chaudry – an entrepreneur from North Stafford is being brought in to mentor the scheme. … Continue reading

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Retail vacancies on the rise

Latest figures from The Local Data Company show the average shop vacancy rate has risen a little in the year to June to 14.6% from 14.3%. London is the only place to see a decline in vacancy rates with Brighton … Continue reading

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Portas Pilots

More than 200 people packed into the Horniman Museum in Sydenum to welcome £100,000 funding from the Portas Pilot for Sydenham, Kirkdale and Forest Hill. Those present heard how the town team are hoping to rejuvenate the area’s high streets … Continue reading

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Royal Photographic Society pop up gallery

Pictures of sportsmen and women have gone on show in Bath. The dramatic pictures showcase winners from the first part of the RPS online Summer of Sport photography competition. The competition draws winners from 2,300 entries and the second part … Continue reading

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Dan Thompson talks in the Isle of White

Dan Thompson, a leading expert at getting empty shops back into use has given a talk to artists, businessmen and crafts people in the Isle of White. The national vacancy rate for retail units is currently 15% and the Isle … Continue reading

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The Retail Trust

Brighton and Hove 16 – 25 year olds will be some of the first to be given the chance to start up their own pop up shops as they embark on their first steps to a career in retail.   Teaming … Continue reading

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The Portas Review round two!

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 … Continue reading

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