Sleaford

Two Sleaford businesses to stay open thanks to successful pop-up shop trial

Two businesses in Sleaford will continue to stay open after a successful pop-up shop scheme trial

Gills 2 Gems and Little and Loud Photography, a handbag and clothing store and photography studio respectively, have been testing the waters in Navigation Yard, Sleaford, since the end of February and both have decided to stay open as fully-fledged businesses.

Partnership NK, of which NKDC is a member, introduced the Pop-up-shop scheme to give new and existing businesses the chance to test the market place without the commitment of a long-term contract.

Gill Allenby, owner of Gills 2 Gems, said: “The pop-up shop has been invaluable as I’ve been able to see how my store works, what times are the best for opening and if it has a viable future.

“I’m so happy that it’s proved to be a real success and am delighted to be staying in business in the same unit where I’ve run the pop-up shop.

“I could not have done it without the help of the team at North Kesteven District Council. Their advice and support has been amazing.

“I look forward to welcoming shoppers to my store and continuing to doing business in Sleaford.”

Charlotte Frisby, owner of Little and Loud Photography, said: “To be able to take the next step and commit to a permanent studio at Navigation Yard is fantastic.

“I’ve been working with The Prince’s Trust to build up my business plan and idea and this now feels like the natural next step.

“I’m over the moon to be staying in Navigation Yard and can’t wait to welcome more people through the doors to capture their moments on camera.”

Herman Kok, chairman of Partnership NK, said: “We’re delighted that Gills 2 Gems and Little and Loud Photography will be staying open and we wish them every success in the months and years to come.

“We are pleased that the project has been a success overall – resulting in a win-win-win outcome for shopkeepers, landlords and the community as a whole.

“We like to see it continue and If there are any landlords with vacant units that would like to host a pop up shop we’d be more than happy to work with them to see if we can make this happen.”

Any landlords interested in the scheme can contact [email protected] or call 01529 308177 for more information.

Potential business owners looking to run a pop-up shop can register their interest at www.n-kesteven.gov.uk/popup