Two new ‘pop-up?’ shops set to open in North and South West of England

PopUp Britain offers further retail space for start-up entrepreneurs

PopUp Britain, the initiative helping start-ups establish a high street presence, is opening two new stores either side of the country offering retail spaces to local online business.

Formed last year as part of the national enterprise campaign StartUp Britain, the initiative will open PopUp Poulton in Lancashire and PopUp Chard in Somerset over the next month.

Backed by private sector funding, the scheme aims to provide online retailers with insight and experience into running a high-street store.

PopUp Poulton will open in Teanlowe Centre and will run for six weeks, seeking to house between five to six local start-ups a week with each business paying a nominal fee to cover costs.

Launching for a longer period of 12 months, PopUp Chard will open in the Stringfellow Gallery on Holyrood Street, housing between four to five local start-ups at a time.

Following the success of its flagship store which opened in London’s Kings Road earlier this year, the new openings mark the seventh and eighth ‘pop-up’s’ launched by the scheme in the last 12 months, including the recent opening of an outlet in Camberley.

PopUp Britain co-founder, Emma Jones, commented:

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“We’re delighted to be announcing our first shops in the North West and South West of the country. It means we can offer a pop-up opportunity to online retailers who want find out how being part of their local high street can benefit their business.”

Jason Clark, part of the Chard town team who will be managing the Somerset outlet added:

“PopUp Chard will offer local businesses a chance to get onto the high street, meet customers and fellow entrepreneurs and grow their business for the long term.”



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