New businesses pop-up in vacant store

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The Galleries

A florist, upholsterer and afternoon tea host are just three new businesses ready to showcase from a new pop-up shop in Wigan town centre.

Following the successful PopUp Business School course in October, Wigan Council has helped seven new businesses secure temporary premises in The Galleries shopping centre. And, each will be open for business across three weekends in December, just in time for the Christmas rush.

Located in the former Ethnic Emporium shop next to Home Bargains, the new ‘Wigan Emporium’ pop up shop will host all seven businesses each with their own space. The pop-up shop will open for business on Friday 30th November for the first three weekends in December, in line with The Galleries’ weekend opening hours.

Maureen Holcroft’s community interest company, Daffodils Dreams, will hold a ‘chill and chat café’ and tombola with items donated by Tesco and ASDA. They will also ask customers to complete a questionnaire in return for being entered into a free prize draw, where they could win items donated by other businesses based in The Galleries.

The profits will go towards supporting the children and families of Poolstock, Worsley Mesnes and Goose Green who find themselves living in poverty.

Maureen said: “The PopUp Business School helped the Daffodils team grow in confidence, gave us self-belief, gain new skills and helped us to make valuable contacts. “We believe that the pop-up shop in Wigan Emporium will be the start of the Daffodils Dream journey and will help us be recognised as making a difference to those in need who are living in the Wigan community.”

Susan Southern’s company, Cherished with Style, has been operational since February. With the help of PopUp Business School, she was able to further develop her company.  She will also be located in the Wigan Emporium selling hand painted and restyled furniture, gifts and home accessories.

She said: “The PopUp Business School provided us with all the necessary business knowledge and inspired, motivated and provided us with the confidence to achieve our goals. “The PopUp Business School was an extremely enjoyable experience and a great success. We are very grateful to Wigan Council for funding this project and for allowing us the unique opportunity to promote our businesses in the town centre.”

The full list of businesses trading in Wigan Emporium is:
– Amelia Alice Floral Design: experienced wedding and funeral florist
– Pyro Art Craft: pyrography personalised portraits, gifts and crafts
– Afternoon Tea Wigan: café for afternoon tea
– The Artisan Upholsterer: upholstered furniture
– Elements of Nutrition:  tailored nutrition and health advice packages and gift vouchers
– Cherished with Style: hand painted and restyled furniture and homeware
– Daffodils CIC: supporting families of Poolstock, Worsley Mesnes and Goose Green

For more information about the Wigan Emporium, visit www.thewiganemporium.weebly.com