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.


  • I am sure more shops would be open if it wasn't for the council charging people to park, we pay enough council tax, and Im sure free parking would actually encourage people to use more local shops than just go and get everything out of a supermarket. We are put of going anywhere in the summer because of parking charges. But please council rethink about the Mundsley Road car park due to start charging, as you may find even more shops will close down..............

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    Wednesday, July 17, 2013

  • Can't agree more. Go up to Scotland and they don't charge in most places and their small towns are still doing well for shops. Check out Castle Douglas, it has a Tesco, large Coop, Wilkinsons etc and yet still has 3 butchers and two bakers! Why? Well yes free parking, and even parking in the town centre outside the shops - no daft pedestrianised areas to prevent parking! Wake up Norfolk you're killing the towns.

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    C Chapman

    Thursday, July 18, 2013

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