Thames 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.”
Having 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
The 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.”
A 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.”