New faces at PopUp Ashford

Photo of the exterior of the PopUp Ashford shop

The second sensational set of traders at PopUp Ashford is ready to welcome shoppers.

The PopUp shop in Park Mall offers different start-up businesses the chance to take a piece of prime retail space for two to four weeks at a time so they can test their trade on the high street.

The shop opened on 14th October, with four different entrepreneurs selling their wares under one roof, and has already attracted plenty of attention.

Now the next set of traders has moved in and are open for business. These new traders join Laser Inspired Designs, who following a successful first two weeks in the PopUp Ashford shop are staying on to give their unique business the maximum exposure. Traders occupying the shop are:

  • Emma Jane’s Bakery – beautiful hand iced biscuits, bake your own cookie mix jars, vintage-style fabric brooches, hair accessories and crochet gifts. Emma Jane will be running children’s workshops allowing them to decorate biscuits, this week themed around Halloween.
  • Keighley Jane Designs – local crafter producing beautiful personalised handmade cushions and children’s bags to order. During Keighley’s two week stay in PopUp Ashford she will be sewing/making  in store!
  • Laser Inspired Designs, an Ashford based engraving and gift personalisation company

The businesses will receive tailored support to their individual needs with additional help in terms of the Chamber of Commerce who will be visiting PopUp Ashford.

PopUp Ashford will run for six months, with different retailers sharing and co-funding the space for between two and four weeks at a time. The shop has the capacity to house up to five start-ups at the same time.

The initiative not only gives local entrepreneurs a town centre shop front and direct access to consumers, but also helps to boost Ashford’s retail offer and encourages more businesses to give the town centre a chance.

And there is still time for businesses to book their slot ahead of the impending Christmas rush! Local businesses interested in taking part should go to

PopUp Ashford is Kent’s first PopUp shop, and is managed by Ashford Town Team (set up by Ashford Borough Council) in partnership with PopUp Britain.