Pop up shop
The council is offering budding entrepreneurs, community groups and local artists the chance to showcase their products and services in a pop up shop in the heart of West Ealing.
People with creative ideas that can help to enhance the vibrancy and vitality of the high street are invited to apply to rent space in the shop for up to six weeks. This is an exciting opportunity for up-and-coming entrepreneurs to test and sell their products and services, without the risks and costs of taking on a long-term lease.
If you would like to occupy the pop up shop for any period between 16 December 2013 and 19 January 2014, your application must be submitted no later than Friday 29 November 2013
On Thursday 28 November between 9.30am-11.30am and 4.30pm-6.30pm, the council will be holding an open day to give prospective tenants a chance to view the pop up shop before it opens.
Am I eligible?
The pop up shop initiative is only open to businesses that have not previously traded in a retail shop. All successful candidates must comply with the terms and conditions of the scheme.
What’s the offer?
We are offering space in a West Ealing retail unit for up to six weeks at a substantially subsidized rate. The total floor space of the shop unit is approximately 60sqm, which will be divided into four 12sqm sections. Each section will be let for £25 per week. This rent will cover utilities and maintenance costs. In addition, we will require a refundable deposit of £100 to ensure satisfactory use of premises. Tenants will be allowed to rent more than one section at a time but the council reserves the right to reduce the number of sections a tenant is renting to make room for additional tenants.
The shop is empty so it will be up to successful tenants to furnish and decorate their space on the shop floor. Tenants will be responsible for their own public and product liability and contents insurance.
Why should I apply?
This is an excellent platform to showcase and test your new venture in a “real-world” commercial setting, without large investment and long-term commitments. You will gain first-hand retail experience with your products or services on the high street, which will help you determine the next steps for your new venture.
What is the application process?
Applications will be assessed by a judging panel comprising of representatives from Ealing Council, a member of Welshore Community Hub and members of the local business community. The judging panel will ask to meet shortlisted applicants and see examples of their products or services. All applicants will be notified by email or telephone as to whether or not they have been successful. The decision of the judging panel is final and no correspondence will be entered into once applicants are notified.
How do I apply?
To apply, please download, complete and return a signed copy of the application form by email to JohnsonLD@ealing.gov.uk, or post to Lemuel Dickie-Johnson, Economic Regeneration, Ealing Council, Perceval House, 14-16 Uxbridge Road, London, W5 2HL.
For more information, please download the application guidance.
If you have any further questions, please do not hesitate to contact Lemuel Dickie-Johnson at JohnsonLD@ealing.gov.uk.
The pop up shop project is part of a work programme to regenerate Ealing’s high streets. The programme is funded by the High Street Innovation Fund and Riot Recovery Fund.