A town business leader is calling on budding retail entrepreneurs to take advantage of subsidised pop-up shops available at Wellingborough’s Christmas market.
Business stars of the future have been given the opportunity to test out the marketplace during the biggest shopping spree in the retail calendar by hiring a reduced-rate wooden market stall.
The scheme is being organised by Wellingborough Business Improvement District (BID), an initiative to boost the town centre’s economic prospects.
James Wilson, the recently-appointed president of the Wellingborough Chamber of Commerce, said: “What the Wellingborough BID is doing is not only a fantastic opportunity for up-and-coming businesses without the funds to open a shop, but also good for the town centre with the potential for increased trade.
“We are very supportive of anything which aims to give people starting out in business a helping hand.
“Lord Alan Sugar started trading from the back of a van, which just shows what can be achieved from humble beginnings.”
The temporary retail outlets have been provided for free by Wellingborough-based AJ Sectional Buildings, also known as Wot No Shed, but to cover electricity and expenses they will cost between £50 and £100 a week.
The stalls range in size from 7ft by 5ft to 12ft by 8ft and are likely to be located in Orient Way, which leads up to the main market.
The Christmas market starts on November 30 and runs for three weeks.
As well as the market stalls, the BID is also sponsoring a package of Christmas activities, including reindeers, fireworks, snow and the market as part of a move to create a winter wonderland.
BID manager John Cable said: “Wellingborough town centre will be a winter wonderland this Christmas.
“These stalls will add to our retail offer and together with the free parking, green spaces and independent shops, will make our great town the place to visit in Northamptonshire.”
For more information email Mr Cable at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01933 270795.