Wantage popup shop in the spotlight

Flashop bannerWantage has played host to town centre specialists from across the region and beyond.

The national charity Action for Market Towns chose Wantage for the latest in its series of Town Team Initiative workshops, which focus on practical strategies for boosting small market towns.

Discussions included opportunities for rethinking the town centre, making the most of new policies and planning rights, the importance of understanding your town, and how a clear strategy can help deliver town centre aspirations.

Mayor Fiona Roper welcomed delegates to the workshop and speakers included one of Wantage’s Town Team co-ordinators, Iain Nicholson, who shared the story of the Flashop popup shop on Mill Street. He was able to announce that Flashop will continue its run through to Christmas and into the early part of 2014 with a mix of businesses who’ve been in already returning for a longer stay, and some newcomers.

AMT Policy Manager, Alison Eardley said: “We are particularly pleased to be hosting this workshop in Wantage, where the pop-up shop, Flashop, presents a fantastic example of how a local partnership – bringing together the local authority, businesses and landlords – has led to a workable solution to filling an empty store and showcasing local entrepreneurs.”

The AMT Workshops are part of a countrywide roadshow which looks at the common challenges facing town centres today and explores practical strategies to tackling them.

AMT chief executive, Chris Wade, commented: “Town teams need a clear vision and effective local leadership with passion to follow their plans through. Wantage’s Flashop is a great example of vision, passion, and planning in action, making a positive impact on the town.”

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