Pop Up Leatherhead which launched in March 2022, as a three-month initiative with Mole Valley District Council and delivered by The Pop Up Shop Agents which consists of small businesses Go Plan B, BlueFlameDesign, and Charley Crocker is extended until March 2023.
The Leatherhead store is being funded by the council as part of its Economic Recovery Strategy and is being part-financed by the Government’s Welcome Back Fund, itself drawn from the European Regional Development Fund.
Pop Up Leatherhead will provide the opportunity for small businesses and entrepreneurs to dip their toes into high street retailing. Developing from each Pop-Up Store, The Pop Up Shop Agents, offer bespoke packages from conception and beyond, from recruiting sellers, and store managers, to managing finances and legislation through to marketing, branding, social media, and PR. Building a pop-up shop community from each empty store and concrete floor and transforming vacant units into fully functioning successful stores.
The Covid 19 pandemic has dramatically changed businesses and lives and we have changed the way we shop. Reflecting on these changes, The Pop Up Shop Agents are reinventing and rejuvenating local high streets and giving small businesses the opportunity to experience hybrid retail – online and on the high street. Working with a huge range of people who have been made redundant and started a new business and are looking at ways to grow their sales or test new products.
The Pop Up Shop Agents founder and Principal Agent, Charley Crocker, said: “We have grown and built upon every pop-up store we have created, both within our team and our offering, to develop a community within a store that provides a supportive and safe space for all our sellers, but we have also significantly expanded our offering to include additional services such as business mentoring, workshops, branding, PR, Marketing and social media support. With some of our stores receiving not only local PR coverage, but also national with a number of appearances on the BBC.”
Charley added: “The Pop Up Shop Agents have a simple mission: to support small businesses to showcase their products and to provide an opportunity to experience hybrid retail – online and on the high street.”
The Pop Up Shop Agents Creative Strategy Agent, Laura Bennett, added: “We enjoy working with businesses, entrepreneurs, and start-ups by providing affordable pop-up spaces. Our pop-up projects support our local community by offering 121 business mentoring, workshops, and clear advice on access to business grants/funding.”