Pop Shop Wiltshire started as a social enterprise, meanwhile project in a long empty unit.
Kindly hosted by a multi-national shopping centre in a market town for an initial period of six weeks in October 2012 – eighteen months later there were two shops, over eighty producers and sixteen young people had been trained back into the workplace.
From initial concept to completion, Plain Fresh delivered branding, shop fit out, stocking, systems and more. Our Founder, Ellie Gill was a Director of the Community Interest Company that oversaw the PopShop project and was also involved in the day to day training of young people that were referred through Job Centre Plus. The first task was to clean and design the shop-fittings with scrap from Wiltshire Wood Recycling. The initial cohort of six young people formed groups of two and set about envisioning how a preloved pile could be made useful and beautiful once again.
By Christmas 2013, the shop was still going strong, when the opportunity arose to take the concept and all eighty local producers, to a new site near Salisbury. Throughout the project was supported by the rural charity for Wiltshire, Community First, with seed corn funding from UnLtd who support social entrepreneurs across the UK.
If you think you could might have use of a PopShop near you – get in touch!