New Chichester Pop Up Shop Initiative

| January 2020

We are excited to announce the launch of a new initiative from Chichester District Council, calling local entrepreneurs to take part in their Pop Up Shop scheme, in a bid to help support small and start-up businesses in the district.

The initiative will make use of vacant properties owned by the council, providing affordable temporary premises. Smaller enterprises and start-up businesses will therefore have the unique opportunity to trial business concepts and trade in a high street location without the commitment or cost of a longer-term lease. This is a fantastic way of improving the choice of outlets and encouraging independent shops.

“We’re pleased to launch this exciting initiative. Not only will it help local entrepreneurs to trade in the district, but it will also support our High Streets by getting vacant shops back into business,” says Councillor Martyn Bell, Cabinet Member for Growth, Place, and Regeneration. “We hope that our Pop Up Shop Initiative will give new businesses the opportunity and confidence to get their ideas off the ground by taking advantage of affordable retail space in a prime location.”

To express an interest in these properties, or if you have any queries about the scheme, please email: [email protected] or call: 01243 534669.

Pop up shops are becoming a very popular and effective way of meeting changing customer needs and expectations, as well as helping smaller businesses overcome barriers they can face when starting up. The council hopes the scheme will not only enhance the appearance of retail areas and draw in new customers and trade, but in time will become more established and be shared with private landlords, encouraging them to make the most of empty shops in a similar way.

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