Liam Fairhurst Foundation

Liam Fairhurst FoundationA teenage fundraiser is planning to open a charity shop with a difference and is appealing to landlords to help him find a suitable pop up shop at a reasonable rent in Ely, Cambridgeshire.

Callum Fairhurst, who has already raised nearly £100,000 for cancer charities, intends to carry on the fund raising legacy of his brother who died of cancer aged 14 in 2009. Liam Fairhurst raised more then £320,000 in his lifetime.

 In 2007 Liam received a Diana Award (the awards celebrate the courage, commitment, compassion and selfless acts of young people). Callum decided to honour his brother’s memory by continuing his fundraising and has since received his own Diana Award.

Callum said: “It’s not any ordinary charity shop because it’s not just about raising money for the charity. We want to bring talent out of young people and give them something to do. So it’ll be primarily run by young people with the help of adults who are professionals in that area of work.”

The shop, which will sell clothes, has attracted the support of a “well-known artist and several top designers” – now Callum just needs premises.

All the money raised by the Liam Fairhurst Foundation either goes to charities such as CLIC Sargent, or to help support families with young cancer patients.

If you can help, contact Callum via twitter @blackpigsweets

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National pop up forum

Pop up spaceIndustry experts including Popupspace, We are Pop Up, The Empty Shops Network and StartUp Britain have teamed up to form a national Pop Up Forum. One of the Forum’s first campaigns is to urge administrators to allow them to turn empty Jessops and HMV stores into pop up shops for small businesses.

Properties occupied by companies in administration can sit empty for many months, and Forum members hope a lifting of red tape will allow schemes similar to PopUp Britain to flourish. The Richmond shop operated by PopUp Britain has seen 60 new businesses so far take up space over the last 5 months.

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Selkirk’s £22,000 award to set up pop up shops

Selkirk-Chamber-of-Commerce-logo-260-x-230The Royal Burgh of Selkirk’s Chamber of Trade has been awarded £22,000 to set up pop up shops in the area, to help reverse its 30% drop in pedestrian footfall.

 Provided by LEADER (Links Between Activities Developing the Rural Economy) and common good fund sources, £7,200 will fund a part-time Project Manager for 60 days work to see the pop up shop initiative through. The rest of the funds will be used to help owners renovate empty shops and buildings in the town centre.

“More than 16 per cent of retail units in the town are left vacant,” explained Chamber Chairman Will Haegeland, co-owner of the town’s County Hotel. “A town centre showing boarded-up and closed-down retail units suggests dilapidation and depression. If Selkirk as a town is to survive, this trend has to be arrested and reversed.”

Within the project period, which ends on 31st December 2013, the Chamber aims to find uses for at least five underused shops, create three new start-up businesses and seven short-term lets.

Anyone who would like to rent empty premises for a pop up shop should contact Will at Selkirk’s County Hotel on 01750 21233.

 

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Foster pop up shop

North Somerset CouncilWeston’s Sovereign Shopping Centre is to be home to North Somerset Council’s fostering team from 21st – 27th January.

With a huge shortage of foster carers, current carers and members of the team will be available for potential foster carers to speak to in a lounge setting to have informal discussions and gain information.

For more information, contact fostering@n-somerset.gov.uk

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Hillsborough pop up shop

HillsboroughMargaret Aspinal, whose 18 year old son died in the Hillsborough disaster, has opened a store to raise funds for the victims’ families. The shop is open in Liverpool’s St John’s Shopping Centre and all proceeds will benefit The Hillsborough Family Support Group, which is run by Mrs Aspinal. Margaret said: “In recent months we have been overwhelmed by the power of the people of Liverpool, who have demanded their voices be heard. So many people have asked if we have a shop, because we only used to sell from our website. Having a full size store allows the extra space we needed to offer other things that shoppers have asked for, and we expect the ‘Justice for the 96’ t-shirts to be very popular.” The unit for the pop-up shop has been provided free of charge by St John’s. Ian Ward, Centre Director at St John’s, said: “What happened at Hillsborough will be forever ingrained in the minds of people in this city. We welcome the pop up shop to the centre and wish it every success in raising funds for the families affected.”

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Skegness pop up gallery

HildredsIf you are an art enthusiast then a vacant unit within Hildreds Shopping Centre will be worth popping into on 24th January. H-art Gallery will be showcasing works from some of the best Lincolnshire artists, including May Jones.

Staff at the Hildreds, May Jones and photographer John Blyford have all teamed up to get the project off the ground and are urging all budding artists in the area to get involved.

John Byford said “This is a formerly vacant unit and it will be great space for us to use being in a prime location in the centre of Skegness.”

If you are interested in displaying your original work email mayjonesart@aol.com

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Pop up Plaice!

PlaiceThe owners of a family run fish and chip shop are opening a pop up chip shop called Plaice in a car park on Friday, to mark the hand over of the shop to their granddaughter.

Pisces, on Station Road in Yate and run by Julia and Kip Holbrook, has been filmed over several weeks for BBC2’s The Fixer – a documentary series with Alex Polizzi which follows family run businesses through their ups and downs. The pop up shop will be filmed as part of the series.

The pop up will serve complimentary drinks and nibbles as recommended by business expert Alex. “The programme has been a very positive experience”, Mrs Holbrook said. “As a result we will be looking at sourcing more food locally including rolls from Hobbs House and burgers and sausages from their butchery. We are talking to a lot more local suppliers as we feel it is important to support each other.”

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Vintage clothes pop up shop

MacmillanOld Market, Bristol is the location of a pop up shop selling vintage burlesque and evening clothing. The Rio Grande shop will open in 24 West Street from January 12th to Sunday 14th.

Funds raised will be going to Macmillan Cancer Support, PositiveCauses and One25.

People are being encouraged to donate unwanted clothes. Evening and burlesque wear will be sold in the pop up shop, with any other women’s clothing being sent to One25 for the women they support.

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God’s Own Junk Yard

gods own junk yardChris Bracey, a London collector and creator of neon art (and in fact the first to create Soho’s perennial “Girls Girls Girls” sign) has recently opened his own pop up shop in central London.

God’s Own Junk Yard is packed with vintage props and choice phrases in neon, including Morrissey’s ode to another miserable night, are on sale with prices from £350.

So if bright, kitch and garish is your thing pop in to 47 Beak Street, London until the end of January.

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Pop up businesses for dummies

dan thompsonWorthing based artist Dan Thompson is something of an expert in the pop up shop world. He founded the Empty Shops Network, started the UK’s first pop up tourist information centre in Worthing, and transformed a disused carpet store into an inflatable bumper car play area.

His newest venture is a new book which he hopes will inspire others to ignore pressures of the current climate and take a risk in setting up some vibrant and dynamic businesses. “People have realised that pop-ups are a great way to do business. They’re ideal if you want to test a new venture”, said Dan.

“They’re perfect if you run a home-based business or sell on the Internet and want some extra exposure. They deliver magnificent results as part of a marketing or promotional campaign. And they help brands build real, lasting relationships with customers.”

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