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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Art students’ jute bag pop up shop

ECAPrinces Mall in Edinburgh is playing host to a pop up shop selling limited edition reusable jute bags.

Students from Edinburgh College of Art have teamed up with Jutexpo, a UK manufacturer who ran a competition for the students to have their bag designs made and sold in the pop up. The designs had to reflect the three chosen charities that will benefit from the funds raised – Sick Kids Friends Foundation, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh and The Poppy Appeal.

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StormShops pop up shop

Storm ShopStorm Thogerson (who owns and runs graphic design company StormStudios) has launched a pop up shop – StormShop – in his native Cambridge city centre. The shop on King Street has been launched in conjunction with their other pop up shop of the same name in Soho.

The aim of the shop is to showcase the StormStudio’s artwork. The studio specialises in album covers for rock ‘n’ roll bands including Pink Floyd, Muse and Biffy Clyro.

The StormShop will be open from now until 7th January at 6 – 16 King Street, Cambridge, CB1 1LN and 46 – 48 Beak Street, London W1. Find out more about the project at www.changing-spaces.org and www.stormthorgerson.com.

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Pop up advice centre

thames valley visionThames Valley Vision have been awarded £30 million by Government energy watchdog Ofgem to discover how energy usage can be reduced and how large companies can monitor their energy usage and store energy at street level – and Thames Valley Vision is now hoping to speak to bill payers from their new pop up shop in Charles Square, Bracknell.

Allen Cook, Head of Engineering at Bracknell & Wokingham College, who has been working with the initiative, said: “The project team carried out a full investigation into our building with specialist engineers, and were then able to make some excellent suggestions as to how we could cut down our energy bill. Many of these have been implemented as they had no initial outlay costs, saving the college money at a time when all businesses need to be vigilant. He added: “It is nice to know that Bracknell & Wokingham College has played its part in what will become a national blueprint for the future.”

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Penelope’s pop up kitchen

Penelopes KitchenHaving spent the summer selling ice cream from Penelope’s Pop Up Ice Cream Parlour, Carly Tomlinson is now serving hearty British food from Penelope’s Kitchen in Spinningfields, Manchester. Penelope’s Kitchen’s ethos is to source all ingredients from independent Manchester suppliers in order to support local trade.

Carly, a Mancunian who lives in Blackley, said living in New York a few years ago gave her the confidence and enthusiasm to launch her venture. “After working in radio for a while, I decided I wanted a change, so I trotted off to New York for what was meant to be three months, but turned into three years. As soon as I arrived in New York, I thankfully landed on my feet. I got jobs working in the hotel industry, managing bars and working in catering. I got to meet and work with some amazing people who taught me to have a passion for food and life. While there, I used to go to a café called Penelope’s, where I would dream about launching my own catering business.”

Penelope’s kitchen is open over Christmas in Spinningfields, Manchester


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Pop up shop for entrepreneurs

Department for Communities and Local Government HQThe Department for Communities and Local Government has today opened a pop up shop offering low rent retail space to up and coming businesses. The shop is based in their headquarters near to Victoria station in London.

Every two weeks, six different new business start ups will move in, sharing costs and offering their products to the public. Ministers hope that the scheme will provide a blueprint for using empty floorspace in town centres across Britain.

Popupspace attended the launch event and announced a forthcoming partnership with PopUp Britain, who are managing the space. Together we will offer property consultancy services to town teams, local authorities, landlords and entrepreneurs, enabling similar schemes to pop up all over the UK.

Communities secretary Eric Pickles said: “We are absolutely determined to support the high street and we know pop-ups are a great way to bring empty shops back to life and get new businesses going.

It will also showcase how we can unleash more of our best and brightest young entrepreneurs onto the country’s high streets.”

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Gillette’s pop up barber shop

gilletteIn November – to celebrate Movember – Gillette opened a pop up barber shop in Newburgh Street, London. Patrons were treated to a complementary drink followed by a luxury sharving experience with a qualified barber which included hot towels and moustache touch ups.

The shop was open for the duration of Movember and all proceeds were given to the Movember Foundation.

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Cambridge Satchel Company pop up shop

CambridgeAward winning Julie Deane, Owner of the Cambridge Satchel Company, has opened a pop up shop in Covent Garden and will hold a further pop up in the same location in February during London Fashion Week.

The Cambridge Satchel Company has already collaborated with fashion superstars including Comme des Garçons, and the bags are regularly seen on the shoulders of fashion editors and celebrities.

You can visit the pop up shop at 15 Shorts Gardens, Seven Dials.

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Last ever Dandy shop!

DandyA tiny newsagents in Scotland has launched a pop up shop to service demand for the final ever printed edition of the Dandy. The pop up space is opening up in the Braehead Centre, near Glasglow.

Although some people are selling their copies on eBay for £50, newsagent Des Barr is delighted to be selling the final edition for the list price of £3.99 from his pop up – and has sold over 10,000 copies.

Des said: “I’m the only shop in the country that has copies of the last ever Dandy for sale. The response has been amazing. We’ve had orders from all over the world, including Canada, America, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.”

The last issue of the comic – first published 75 years ago – sold out up and down the country soon after it hit the shelves last Tuesday.

Des, who runs Sinclair Barr Newsagents in Paisley, persuaded publishers DC Thomson to do an extra print run just for him as he saw demand rocket on his website and at his shop in Braehead. He said: “I’ve had staff in our shop doing a nightshift, making sure copies of the comic are mailed to everyone who has put in an order.”

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The Designer Jumble Sale

designer jumble saleOpen now at 70 Lambs Conduit Street, London, the Designer Jumble Sale is proving popular with locals. “We’ve sold 20 pieces today just from people walking past the stores, seeing things in the windows and wanting to buy,” said founder and former Vogue.co.uk Editor Abigail Chisman. “There’s been a lot of interest, which is a great situation to be in.”

The pop up shop was made available when the landlord launched a competition for potential retailers to have 10 days to set up and trade.

The shop hosts a selection of designer wares including Chanel, Oscar de la Renta and Chloe and with prices from £20 to £500 there should be something to suit most budgets.

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