Dunstable Town Council have announced the first two entrepeneurs to pitch up their businesses for the ‘Pop-up shop’ initiative.
Nine-year-old Henry Patterson will operate his boutique confectionary start-up out of the Ashton Square location with the help of mum Becky.
Harry will be joined by online jewellery and accessories brand Dream Jewelz, run by part-time restaurant manager Julie Koch.
The initiative is part of nationwide scheme Pop-Up Britain, which aims to rekindle shoppers’ love for the high street scene.
Julie said: “I’m really looking forward to creating a buzz in Ashton Square by doing something different.
“People need to recognise that by supporting local businesses, they are boosting their own local economy.
“Local businesses employ local people and use local services, so it’s in everyone’s interest to support what we’re doing at PopUp Dunstable.
“I hope to use the experience to build my business towards a more permanent presence on the high street as well as running my online brand.”
The shop will launch on Thursday (October 3), and remain open for three months in the run-up to Christmas.
The day-to-day running of the shop will be the responsibility of Dunstable Town Council.
Councillor Terry Colbourne said “We are still looking for more local entrepreneurs to step forward and get involved in PopUp Dunstable. It’s an exciting opportunity for small businesses that don’t already have a presence on Dunstable’s High Street to give it a go at minimum cost and risk.
“Initiatives like this go to the heart of our mission - to work towards developing an economically and socially vibrant community in a sustainable environment.”
Microbusinesses are responsible for the employment of 7.8 million people and contribute 20 per cent of private sector turnover.
Prices per fortnight in the PopUp shop in Ashton Square are £100 for the front space and £85 for the back.