1st PopUp Britain shop launched in Richmond
Today StartUp Britain launched PopUP Britain, an initiative to assist small online businesses to get their first taste of running a retail outlet.
Many online only retailers would love to open a high street outlet, but the reality is that the costs are often prohibitive, and that’s if a landlord will rent to a new business in the first place. PopUp Britain have opened a retail outlet directly across from Richmond Upon Thames railway station hosting six new retailers every two week. The store will be open for three months and every fortnight six new entrepreneurs will get the opportunity to rent space in the shop.
The aim is to utilise empty shop premises in high streets up and down the country and rejuvenate the complexion of the UK’s flagging high street, while providing start-ups with an opportunity to co-fund the cost of opening up an empty shop. Costs for retailers a minimal at around £135 for the fortnight with AXA providing a short term retail insurance at just £25 for the two weeks.
If you’d like to find out more about PopUp Britain or maybe even rent the shop for your own goods you can find more details on the PopUp Britain website.
The first six entrepreneurs in the Richmond shop are:
Maria Allen Jewellery is a British jewellery brand that features intricate vintage illustrations on cherry wood.
Bertie & Jack who design clever, cool and kooky artwork which features animal and bird cut outs with contemporary colourful prints.
Morrows Outfitters, a Liverpool-based sock designer supplying high-quality tailored socks made in England.
Vulpine, stylish technical cycling apparel design company that produces stuff you can wear on and off the bike.
ElephantBranded bags, for every purchase they’ll also donate a school kit (an ergonomically designed rucksack with lots of pens and paper) to children in Africa and Asia.
and Tier One, a snappy British clothing brand who brings a top-notch, versatile look that is effortlessly stylish.