Hillingdon still working on empty shops

A new photography pop-up shop is launching in Ruislip Manor as part of Hillingdon Council’s programme to rejuvenate local high streets and fill vacant shops.

AMD Photography is to open in Victoria Road on Monday 11 February. The premises will be used as a pop up photography studio for 12 weeks. Next door is The Shed, a revamped and recycled furniture store,¬†which opened in December as part of a Dragons’ Den style competition run by the council and Meanwhile Space. This scheme is part of a wider town centre improvement programme, supported by the Mayor’s Outer London Fund.

The photography shop will be run by Anna-Marina Dearsley, who was runner-up in the competition.

Councillor Douglas Mills, Cabinet Member for Regeneration, said: “Filling vacant shops is one of many improvements we are bringing to our town centres and it’s very encouraging to see independent local traders making their mark back on the high street. Residents and businesses are welcoming it and I think it’s the boost that new businesses need to set up something longer term.”

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