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Brian Lewis: 'Why not spread a pop-up market of local start-ups and micro businesses across several shops in Palmers Green?'

In the face of the growing problems affecting high streets nationwide and the difficulties faced by small start-up businesses, the Palmers Green Festival is working with local traders and with the Green Lanes Business Association on an initiative designed to help both established shops and promising new start-ups.  Their ambition is for PG to become a thriving local multi-purpose visit centre.

On 1st September local shops will  be hosting "pop-ups" giving new entrepeneurs a chance to show off their wares. Then, at the following day's Palmers Green Festival, the same pop-ups will be featured in the Festival's Arts and Crafts Zone.

Brian Lewis, owner of Palmers Green café and entertainment venue My Time, already has a track record for helping other local businesses.  As well as sourcing food and drink locally, he displays products from several small businesses, such as greetings cards and other art and craft specialities.  My Time even has an area at the front of the cafe where local entrepeneurs can meet their clients.

opera ice cream palmers green festival photo by janusz kalisczak

The PG Festival has always supported small local businesses, such as Opera Ice Cream (Photo: Janusz Kaliszak)

Brian explains the thinking behind the pop-up scheme:  “One proven way to bring footfall into an area is to have a market, so we thought 'Why not spread a pop-up market of local start-ups and micro businesses across several shops in Palmers Green?'”

Palmers Green Festival director Phillip Chard says that throughout its history the Festival has been seeking ways to assist local businesses and is excited about this latest iniative:  "This coming together offers immense marketing exposure over a single weekend for micro businesses, as well as helping our high street traders”.

Could your business benefit from the pop-up market?

In the first instance please contact Brian at My Time.

Brian Lewis, My Time
020 8886 6994

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David Eden posted a reply #3910 05 Jun 2018 12:59

Regenerating Palmers Green town centre

Love ideas 1 and 2 in particular. PG lacks any large squares or similar where we can have marketplaces, some of the large vacated retail units could be perfect.
Karl Brown posted a reply #3913 07 Jun 2018 11:27

Regenerating Palmers Green town centre

Expanding on the pop-up posting and also ideas by Caley, depending on interest, it may be shops will look at additional pop-up days. Festival is, of course, a one-day-only hit; this year anyway.

Our local (rail car park) market had three huge launches with committed teams under residents Philip, Hannah and finally Anita. None proved sustainable despite their massive efforts. High street traders are now looking at the issue but there are several issues to resolve, not least where to locate it, when (Enfield’s Royal Charter is restrictive) and what to sell to who. The large voids have proved impossible to use for this.

As part of some long running background work, all PG traders have received requests this week for a snapshot of current conditions and also their five year view. Response rates have been very high. Under a LBE umbrella, the coordinating retail specialists will be reporting in a tight timescale.

Outside of this LBE driven work, but not unaligned with it, the majority of traders subsequently received a presentation pack highlighting issues, opportunities, some work currently underway and more. Examples include social media opportunities / guidance and a Landlord Charter seeking to drive a more attractive high street estate. This particular work strand includes GLBA but is broader in its trader reach.

All work to date has been purely trader focused but the expectation is that as a high street approach is developed, residents, visitors and others will be asked to contribute. Until then, thoughts via this site are as good as anywhere – and in truth probably the best current place to send them.

[Admin comment: The "background work" that Karl refers to here is the Reimagining Palmers Green initiative mentioned below by Natasha Morris. For more information see A facelift for pG could be the start of a high street renaissance . If you have comments, please make them under that article.]
N Morris posted a reply #3914 11 Jun 2018 09:41

Regenerating Palmers Green town centre

Following on from Karl's comment - I attach the presentation that was circulated to those traders whose contacts I had collected to date and am happy to post here for wider circulation/comment.

Reimagining Palmers Green Presentation
Sue Beard posted a reply #3924 14 Jun 2018 08:37

Regenerating Palmers Green town centre

Thank you for all you are doing Brian, Karl, Natasha...if this could all happen- wow

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