New indie shops scheme to boost Abingdon town centre

A scheme aimed at attracting independent shops to Abingdon, supporting existing retailers and increasing town centre vitality, is set be introduced in the town centre this summer. Continue reading

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It’s Wantage Neverland as shops host Peter Pan prize draw trail

There’ll be a little of Neverland about Wantage town centre for the end of May school half term holidays, as local shops host a special Peter Pan trail.

It’s a joint venture by Wantage town team and The Beacon to celebrate its showing of a recorded performance, captured live at the National Theatre, of JM Barrie’s much-loved tale. Continue reading

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Could a pop up shop hire help establish your business in Banbury town centre?

Independent businesses looking to establish themselves in Banbury town centre have a new opportunity to be part of the town’s pop up shop project.

As part of its Cherwell District Council-funded role, Banbury town team has made a number of pop up shop opportunities available to give businesses a way to test their venture without needing to commit at the outset to a long lease, and to build a track record they can demonstrate to future landlords who can be reluctant to agree leases with start-up retailers. Continue reading

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“The pop-up shop is a great opportunity for us”

pattiTwo more businesswomen have chosen Wallingford as the place to make a step onto the high street, thanks to having a pop up shop programme there.

Patti Miskolczi and Miranda Blaas-Cousins have leased 29 High Street for a 6-week pop up, direct from the landlord, and have opened as ‘Home & living’, with a combination of hand-finished home decor, and a collection of individual pieces including Asian artefacts, Scandinavian modern accessories, wildlife drawings, oil paintings and jewellery. Continue reading

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Lights On and Late Night Shopping for two Wantage Christmas Thursdays plus ‘Free Fridays’ December parking

late-night-shoppingWantage shoppers can enjoy the special atmosphere of Christmas Lights-lit late night shopping on two Thursdays this December, plus free parking Fridays.

Many of the town centre’s independents plus a number of nationals will open late for the two evenings in an initiative supported by Wantage & District Chamber of Commerce and the Town Team.

They’ll run on Thursday December 8th and Thursday December 15th, with shops and cafes staying open until 8pm. Continue reading

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The GBHighSt Awards 2016 – Banbury town centre

gbhs-editable-poster-city-2016Efforts to boost Banbury town centre will go under the spotlight as part of a search for the best examples of work to stimulate Britain’s high streets.

Cherwell District Council’s economic development team has entered Banbury for the Large Market Town category of the Great British High Street Awards. The winners will be announced this December. Continue reading

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Adding another town to those we’re working in

logo captureStart-up and growing independent retailers will get a chance to trial a shop in Swindon town centre for a short period under a new scheme launched today, which helps to overcome one of the biggest barriers to empty shop units being let. Continue reading

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Wallingford Pop Up Shop project update

Sew Very VintageThree retailers who were drawn together by the Wallingford pop up shop project have opened their own permanent shop in the town.

Hayley Shaw, Madeleine Tanner, and Devon Masters have opened a vintage fashion, accessories and crafts shop together under a joint brand name, Sew Very Vintage, at 10 St Mary’s Street Wallingford. After successfully running their individual businesses from one of the town’s pop up shops at 29 High Street, they decided to continue to work as a joint venture in a long term shop of their own. Continue reading

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Our Oxfordshire High Streets Conference

Working together for stronger town centres Agenda final webThe people and projects that are at the heart of work to strengthen Oxfordshire’s town centre economies are the focus of a conference in July.

The Oxfordshire High Streets Conference will bring together people working on town centre vitality projects, retailers, business group representatives, and councillors and council economic development teams.

They’ll share ideas and experiences of town centre vitality initiatives, and hear from the conference’s keynote speaker, Cathy Parker, Professor of Retail, Place and Consumer Change at Manchester Met University and lead investigator for the acclaimed study on town centres issues, High Street UK2020 http://www.mmu.ac.uk/news/news-items/4105/

Called “Working Together for Stronger Town Centres”, the conference is on Monday July 4th at the John Paul II Centre in Bicester, and is a joint venture between Oxfordshire-based town centres specialists, Flashop UK Ltd, and national consultancy, The People and Places Partnership. The conference is being supported by Cherwell District Council as part of its focus on town centre vitality issues in Banbury and Bicester, and the village centre in Kidlington.

Attendance at the conference is by invitation.

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Town Team films series spotlights places to eat and drink in Wantage and Grove

Panni StillThe range of great places to eat and drink in Wantage and Grove are showcased in a new series of short films that give residents and visitors an insight into the choices available locally.

There are seven short films in the new series – two on eating out, focusing on restaurants, three on pubs and bars, and two on cafés. It’s a chance to hear from many of the people who own and run local food and drink venues, and get an idea of the range of food, drink and entertainment that’s available. Continue reading

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