In 2009 creative entrepreneurs in the UK were invited to take part in an exciting start-up project – a ‘pop-up shop’ that provides retail space for new/small creative businesses to trade and display their unique wares in busy urban areas – for FREE!
Conceptualised and championed by designers Wayne and Gerardine Hemingway MBE (of ‘Red or Dead’ fashion fame), ‘KiosKiosK‘ is an innovative, free temporary space made available to selected start-up businesses in central London and at other urban locations around the UK.
It provides valuable rent-free space for people with creative products to sell such as ceramics, artworks, creative gifts and fashion, with the aim of helping these new businesses with great ideas to get a foothold on the ladder to success.
The intention at the project’s inception in the summer of 2009 was for low cost ‘pop up’ shops of this kind to provide a template for London and towns and cities across the UK by offering a helping hand for businesses that may be priced out of high cost, high street and prime retail locations. The goal is also to help support smaller, independent shops and so increase consumer choices.
Wouldn’t it be great to see this kind of initiative happening in South Africa too?