Wednesday, July 17, 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.