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Pop up shop "Copper and Breathalyser" - intu Metrocentre




Independent Events have held an interesting pop up shop recently. The Copper & Breathalyser, tying in with the Fifa World Cup in Brazil and the increased number of drink driving incidences, the pop-up shop was designed to reflect a pub from the outside while inside there were activities such as a drunken penalty shoot out, drink driving simulators and instagram frames along with player masks to get involved with. Great to see something different!


£150k work boosts Middlesbrough retail quarter, Bdaily 30 Jun 14

A retail quarter at the heart of Middlesbrough is to benefit from a package of upgrades.

Baker Street - which forms a key link between Centre Square, Linthorpe Road and the wider town centre - has been transformed from a semi-redundant residential street into a haven for independent businesses thanks to a £150,000 makeover.

The street’s regeneration began in 2012, with funding from the High Street Innovation Fund enabling Middlesbrough Council to begin the creation of an ambitious retail and leisure quarter.

Baker Street is now home to a variety of independent retailers, traders, eateries and bars, drawing comparisons with the thriving and vibrant economy of London’s Brick Lane.

Businesses range from vintage clothing retailers and micro-pubs to cafes, beauty and tattoo parlours, generating a thriving mix of creativity and entrepreneurialism in the heart of the town.

So successful has been the reinvigoration of the area that the local community even mounted their own Christmas carnival last year.

Many of Baker Street’s existing traditional legal and accountancy firms are still in their original premises, and now benefit from the influx of new neighbours and a new clientele.

Now the street is to benefit from a package of improvement works designed to add the finishing touches to its rejuvenation and match the uniquely decorated interiors and smart shop fronts which symbolise its ongoing success.

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Healthy High Streets Campaign - Business in the Community


The Healthy High Streets campaign will provide intensive support for 100 high streets over a three year period through access to business expertise and resource to help high streets realise their potential.

To develop the campaign, Business in the Community has tested the High Street Champions initiative in a number of Portas Pilot towns.  This work has shown that the key markers of high street success are footfall, a low proportion of empty shops and local pride.

The Healthy High Streets campaign’s Founding Partners Boots UK, the Co-operative Group, Marks & Spencer and Santander will collaborate with local town teams to develop and implement activities such as:

  • Enabling access to landlords to address empty and unsightly property issues

  • Prioritising accessibility and safety

  • Creating and enabling high profile events to drive footfall

  • Creation of relevant pop up shops and markets to support start ups

  • Helping to improve customer service

  • Providing expert help and resource to market and celebrate the high street

The partner businesses are also committed to spreading the knowledge and ideas generated by the campaign across all of their locations – potentially having an impact on thousands of high streets in the longer term.

To measure its impact the campaign will be monitoring footfall, property vacancy rates and jobs created.  Overall the campaign will seek to increase footfall by 10%, reduce empty property units by 20% and create 3000 jobs over the three year period in the 100 selected towns.

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New business opening soon in Gosforth

We created the signage and identity for this new Deli/cafe, opening in Gosforth soon.

Creating a brand on a local scale


Pop Up Birmingham to open at Bullring to support retail entrepreneurs

The Bullring

A pop-up shop in Birmingham’s Bullring is set to give more than 80 retail startups an affordable route to the high street through a pioneering new initiative.

PopUp Birmingham opens next month in the iconic centre on the Middle East Mall, offering support to future high street entrepreneurs by giving them an opportunity to co-fund and co-work in a prime retail space, keeping costs low while stirring up entrepreneurial spirit in the city.

The news comes as research from the Local Data Company this week revealed independents are slowly re-gaining a foothold on the high street – with 44 independent shops opening every day in 2013, according to their figures.

The initiative is run by PopUp Britain, part of the Association of Town Centre management (ATCM).  Its aim is to nurture future independent talent and add diversity and sustainability to the British retail landscape.

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