PopUp Shop opens its shutters at long last

PopUp Dunstable in Ashton Square
PopUp Dunstable in Ashton Square

Dunstable town centre’s ‘PopUp Shop’ initiative will finally open tomorrow (October 31), giving new local traders an exciting start in business.

Dunstable Town Council are working in partnership with PopUp Britain to provide affordable shop space for start-up businesses at 3 Ashton Square.

PopUp Dunstable – the first of its kind in Beds, Herts and Bucks –had been schedueled to open on Thursday, October 3 but the launch date was put back until this week.

A spokesman for the council said at the time that this was due to ‘issues with some of the traders’.

However, the shop is now ready for business with its first round of businesses – Anosmic Soaps, Transparent Images, Bespoke Pompoms and RiriRoo.

Riri Roo is the brainchild of Melanie Burnell from Kensworth, who discovered the art of making ‘Wish Stars’ while recovering from psychosis.

She said: “I am a proud advocate of mental health awareness and am writing a book about my experiences and launching a charity.

“I felt it was a good time to launch my new enterprise incorporating the Wish Stars that I have enjoyed making so much.”

Business will be pitched in the shop for a fortnight each in the run-up to Christmas – the next wave of traders will begin on November 14.

Councillor Terry Colbourne said: “PopUp Dunstable is an exciting opportunity for small businesses that don’t have a presence on Dunstable’s High Street to give it a go at minimum cost and risk.

“Dunstable Town Council is proud to be leading on this.”

The mayor of Dunstable John Chatterley will visit the shop at 11am to meet the first set of traders and join in the celebrations – there will be tea and cake refreshments available.

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 a space in the front and £85 for the back.

For more information, visit www.dunstable.gov.uk and www.popupbritain.com.