A group of PopUp shop experts are currently in talks with the administrators of HMV and Jessops to move small businesses and startups into the empty premises.
The PopUp Forum has been created by Dan Thompson from the Empty Shops Network, Emma Jones from StartUp Britain (as mentioned in our previous blog), and Nick Russell from We Are Pop Up.
“Last year may have been a bad year for big retailers, but it was a record year for British start-ups,” explained Jones. “Our local high streets are in trouble – and yet what small retail business wouldn’t give their right arm for the chance to trade in their own communities, generating sales and awareness of their brand?”
Russell added: “The job of administration is a long and arduous process that can take years. What we’ve asked for is the chance to throw open boarded-up shops for an agreed time to small businesses and give consumers the chance to support British enterprise.”
PopUp Britain gives retail entrepreneurs access to high street spaces by housing small businesses in a retail space for two weeks at a time. It’s a great way for an online business to get their products onto the British high street. With Blockbuster now added to the list of big-name retailers that have gone into administration this week, we love the idea of giving independent retailers a chance to fill those empty spaces.
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