Category Archives: economics

Support for pop up shops

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 … Continue reading

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Pop up shops – are they the answer to the dwindling High Street

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 … Continue reading

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Margate – can it be saved?

With a 36.1% retail vacancy rate in the town centre Margate was always a contender for one of the Portas Pilots grants and the Margate Town Team are the group who masterminded the winning bid and who are now faced … Continue reading

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Is pop up the future of the high street?

With vacant shops in town centres at an all time high and more retailers going into administration retail landlords futures are looking bleak as the costs associated with empty units take their toll, so pop up shops are becoming a … Continue reading

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Portas pilots

Towns including Margate, Stockport and Croydon have just been allocated £100,000 each and with the help of the Government’s “’High Street Tsar’ Mary Portas, they will use the money to liven up derelict shops, start new markets and advertise shopping … Continue reading

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Vacant shops on the rise

With the latest LDC report still showing a high of 14.6% vacancy rates for retails premises in the UK, it is more important then ever for landlords to maximise all streams of income and boost the image of the high … Continue reading

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£10M fund to bring empty shops back into use

Following the Government’s response to the Portas Review of the country’s ailing High Streets, Local Government Minister Grant Shapps has put some money behind Mary Portas’ ideas. The funding package includes a £10 million High Street Innovation Fund.  Kick started … Continue reading

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LDC launches Tool Kit for Portas’ ‘Town Teams’

February 2012 saw the highest level of shop vacancy rates on record, with 14.6% of shops on the UK’s high streets sitting empty. The Portas Review identified the need for change with an underlying theme of ‘adapt or die’.  To support … Continue reading

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Albemarle & Bond: a pop up success story

Reading-based jewellery retailer and pawnbroker Albemarle & Bond is looking for pop up shop sites following the runaway success of the 40 pop up shops it opened in 2011. With the majority of its pop up shops still trading on … Continue reading

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Temporary fix? Pop-up shops on the rise

The BBC’s Sian Lloyd reports on the growing trend.

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