Monday, August 3, 2015

News: More shops to pop-up in Rotherham town centre

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The latest retail entrepreneurs are being invited to "test trade" their ideas in Rotherham town centre as part of a "Pop-up Shop" initiative, one of a number from the Council and town team that has attracted a range of independent, niche businesses.

Located at the top of the historic High Street and in the Grade II listed Imperial Buildings, the two shops offer dedicated retail space with flexible lease terms available for 12 months as well as free and subsidised rent periods. Financial assistance to fit-out the premises and free business advice and training from retail experts is also included.

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Cllr. Denise Lelliott, advisory cabinet member for Housing and the Local Economy at Rotherham Council, said: "Feedback from this year's Retailer Awards has highlighted that Rotherham's range of diverse and vibrant independent stores is proving to be a big hit with shoppers.

"The positive comments from shoppers have revealed that customers really do appreciate what's on offer in the small independent stores and eateries. One shopper stated that Rotherham is at the forefront of independent trading, making it stand out from other town centres. This is a great response and the availability of new pop-up shops can only build on this great foundation and boost the Rotherham shopping experience."

The owner of existing pop-up shop, Karen Carr of La Bella Lingerie, which opened on the High Street last November, said: "The Pop-up Shop concept has given me a fantastic opportunity to showcase my dream business.

"Right from the start of the process, Rotherham Council's Town Centre team recognised my enthusiasm for this project, helping me along the way with valuable support and advice."

The pop-up shop scheme in Rotherham is being funded jointly by the Association of British Bookmakers and the Portas Pilot Initiative, which recognises and rewards towns finding innovative ways to revitalise town centres.

Other initiatives include the Makers' Emporium which operates on the High Street as a shared retail space model which enables new retailers trading space, for up to a year. Businesses opening new outlets have been supported financially by fit-out grants and rental contributions. Financial support has also been made available to help existing town centre businesses carry out expansion plans.

The deadline for applications for the two pop-up shops is 5 pm on Friday, August 21.

Rotherham town centre website

Images: RMBC

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