Category Archives: Portas Review

Emergency measures to reverse the decline of London’s high streets?

London Assembly’s Economy Committee has suggested a number ideas to reverse the decline in London’s high streets, including renegotiating rents and slowing the spread of pawnbrokers and betting shops. The Assembly said that in 2000, a third of retail spending … Continue reading

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Parsons Bakery transforming their pop up into a permanent fixture

Bristol based Parsons Bakery has revealed that their temporary site in Bedminster, which opened on 15th December, has been trading at a profit and the company now wants to continue operating the shop. Parsons Bakery is a family-run chain of … Continue reading

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Corner House pop up shop

The Corner House – an empty office in Market Place, Braintree – is to be let out to entrepreneurs to set up temporary pop up shops. The premises will be let out to new tenants every 12 weeks under its … Continue reading

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Housing minister urges town centres to use pop up shops

Mark Prisk, Minister for Housing, has urged Town Teams to use pop up shops to boost flagging high streets. Showcasing the Government’s first pop up shop within the Department for Communities and Local Government (DCLG) office building in London, Mr … Continue reading

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PopUp Britain’s first pop up shop outside of London

Launching this week is the first pop up shop managed by PopUp Britain outside of London.  The pop up is based in Moreton-Marsh in Gloucestershire and will offer 12 small businesses the chance to trial their companies in a retail … Continue reading

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Relaxation of planning rules to go ahead

Wanting a swift and responsive planning system to assist in getting empty and underused buildings back in use, the coalition government is in the process of increasing the scope of permitted development rights in order to facilitate growth. Getting empty … Continue reading

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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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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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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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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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