Ealing Council has opened its own pop-up shop to sell goods from local traders, while Barnet has agreed three in North Finchley.
Ealing’s shop, at 99 Broadway, will sell a range of goods from local craft and clothing manufacturers.
Councillor Julian Bell, leader of Ealing Council, visited the shop on its first day and said: “I’m delighted that we’re able to help support small businesses by giving them the chance to trade in a retail space and that in turn those traders are bringing something new to the high street shopping experience.”
The pop-up shop project is part of a programme delivered by Ealing Council to regenerate Ealing’s high streets. The programme is funded by the government’s High Street Innovation and Riot Recovery Fund.
Barnet Council have agreed to append £70,000 on three shop units in the Grand Parade in North Finchley as part of an ongoing regeneration programme for the area.
The units will be open throughout 2014, with one used as an “open studio” – a workshop for local designers to work in, and put on exhibitions. Another will be used to provide a community hub, while the third will be used to promote entrepreneurship in the area, with a space for traders and artists to sell their goods, and shared working space for entrepreneurs.
The funds, awarded as part of the Mayor of London’s Outer London Fund, will be given to North Finchley Town Team.