Bexley Originals Pop-Up Programme

Bexley Pop-Up Shops Programme

In 2021 Retail Revival delivered a business support programme for Bexley Council which included vacant space activation. We completed an audit of vacant shops across the Bexley Borough and shortlisted two for activation as pop-up shops, one in Welling High Street and one in the Broadway Centre Bexleyheath.

After an open call for local entrepreneurs to share the space, we shortlisted and interviewed 40 applicants, 15 were selected to receive free space in one of the shops and a grant of £3k with which to purchase stock. Retail Revival held the head lease for each shop and issued licenses to each trader. We planned the space, bought and build the shop fittings and provided the traders with mentoring and business support.

After the project ended in March 2022, we supported 9 of the participants to form a new collective to continue trading in a larger unit independently.