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New pop-up shop helps budding businesses ‘have a go’ in North Walsham town centre

PUBLISHED: 11:00 17 July 2013

The former Barge Farm Produce shop which will be used as a

The former Barge Farm Produce shop which will be used as a "pop-up shop" at North Walsham. PHOTO: ANTONY KELLY

Archant Norfolk 2013

A date has been set for the opening of a “pop-up shop” in North Walsham town centre aimed at showcasing budding local businesses.

The idea is part of the drive by the local “town team” which is trying to stem a worrying trend of disappearing retail outlets.

The group is using some of a £12,000 government “Portas” grant to temporarily take over the former Barge Farm produce shop at 3 Market Place and is offering slots for up to a week for would-be new traders to “have a go.”

The “pop-up shop” will run for six months from August 5 to February 1 next year.

A town team spokesman said: “We aim to offer space in the shop, or the whole shop itself for short-term occupation of seven days to any new business in the North Norfolk area.

“It could be one entrepreneur or a group of up to four people who want to work together selling their products.”

The venture was a test bed for business ideas and products, could prove sales to help with finance and investment, test people’s skills as a potential business owner, and help discover what worked, and what did not.

For more information about the scheme or to book a space call town team secretary Rebecca Matthews on 01692 407509 or 07876 400313.

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