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Tuesday, 26 May 2015

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Ulverston pop-up shop proposal wins national backing

A NATIONAL campaign to boost business is looking to bring its expertise to Ulverston.

BID Ulverston could soon benefit from a pop-up shop scheme. Pictured is Market Street and inset, Archie Workman

Recently announced plans to encourage fledgling businesses in to the town by converting an empty store into a pop-up shop have attracted attention from StartUp Britain.

The campaign, set up by entrepreneurs, aims to encourage new start-ups and assist emerging businesses.

Cumbria StartUp champion Archie Workman said the pop-up shop idea, which the campaign is actively promoting, would be perfect in a town like Ulverston.

He said: “It is giving young people a chance they would not normally get – where they meet the public face-to-face.”

Mr Workman hopes to bring his own business mentoring experience to the table as well as helping the venture by trying to source funding or support from businesses in the area.

But he said he doesn’t see the scheme going into competition with established traders.

He said: “Because of the type of town it is, I think people will come and see it.” A similar initiative was trialled during the Dickensian Festival last year and Mr Workman hopes to build on that success.

He added: “If it can work for Dickensian weekend, why can’t it work every weekend or once a month? It is encouraging entrepreneurship and new businesses in the town.”

The StartUp campaign is a private sector initiative, with backing from major international companies, aimed at kickstarting the UK economy.

Supported by the prime minister, the campaign has more than 70 local champions to help communities benefit from the business expertise within the group.

Last week, Ulverston Town Council said it was looking into the possibility of taking a temporary lease on a vacant store and using it to promote the town or showcase would-be entrepreneurs.

The pop-up shop concept has proved popular across the country and been hailed as an innovative solution to the growing problem of empty stores on town high streets.

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