UWE students run summer pop-up shop in Bedminster

Issue date: 19 August 2014

10am - 4pm Monday - Friday 123 East Street, Bedminster

Enterprising students from UWE Bristol have made the most of their summer break by turning an empty shop in Bedminster's East Street into a pop-up shop open until 31 August.

They have gone into partnership with local businesses and the community, to provide affordable products and services unavailable locally. For the first two weeks there was Bambini Hub, providing kids' activities such as making cup animals, tutus and musical instruments or face painting. This week and next week there is a specialist bike and repair shop.

Throughout there will also be work from students and other local small businesses for sale, ranging from affordable vintage bicycles and clothing to bespoke wedding and birthday cakes. There will also be a swap shop for upcycling clothes, books, toys and children's bikes.

Mhairi Threlfall of UWE Careers Enterprise team said, “We have been working closely with the Bedminster Town Team with an aim to help rejuvenate the local area.

“We've already encouraged entrepreneurship by taking six stalls in Bedminster market during April where students sold their own products and the pop-up shop takes this a stage further.

“The important thing is to give students who are interested in entrepreneurship a taste of what it's like to run a business. To give the students every chance of success, we first ran workshops on sales and other core business skills. By using an otherwise empty shop we aim to help increase trade and footfall for all local businesses.”

A series of enjoyable or useful workshops is also on offer to residents, such as business support, skills workshops and bike maintenance.

The Factory pop-up shop came about thanks to a generous offer from a local landlord in the form of a shop for a month and £150 to revamp the space from Bedminster Town Team.

Zoe l'Estrange, Graduate Intern said, “The shop was just a shell when it was handed over and was redecorated on a shoestring by students Hong Nguyen, Greg Day and Sam Venning. Staff members Mhairi Threlfall, Lucy Cox and Beccy Berryman also helped. They painted walls, sourced carpets and furniture and put together a really interesting space."

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