PopUp Wales sees continued success in Bridgend County Borough

Tuesday 10 January 2023

Bridgend town centre has been rejuvenated by pop-up shops and activities as part of the PopUp Wales initiative.

Since launch, PopUp Wales has supported over 30 small businesses and 20 voluntary organisations.

PopUp Wales is the first pop-up space initiative in South Wales. The project matches up temporary retail spaces with individuals and businesses who want a flexible, short-term and affordable space.

tia robbins art and wheelys cafe spaces

Local businesses and initiatives such as Tia Robbins Art, Bridgend College and Wheely’s Café have all taken advantage of the scheme and are successfully operating in their new spaces. In total, over 10 pop-ups have been matched to empty units in Bridgend town centre. Plus, 100% grant funding has been distributed to seven small businesses and one organisation.

Tia Robbins, of Tia Robbins Art, said, “This has been a great opportunity and demonstrates that people really want to shop local.”

Rachel Bell, Centre Manager at the Rhiw Shopping Centre said, “The funding has been so positive. Having organisations such as Bridgend College in a space has made a huge difference to the Rhiw Shopping Centre in the long term. I genuinely hope it continues.”

Chris Pritchard from Wheely’s Cafe said, “PopUp Wales have been so brilliant and supportive, plus the events in the market have been great for business and should happen every weekend.”

The initiative also runs events across the town centre and has recently held some festive events in Bridgend Indoor Market including craft workshops and live music.  The events were a great success with all the free workshops fully booked, with very positive feedback.

Tara Tarapetian works for Urban Foundry, who have delivered the initiative alongside Bridgend County Borough Council. Tara says: “We’ve loved working with Bridgend Indoor Market and the Rhiw Shopping Centre as we have been able to provide new start-ups and organisations temporary spaces to test their business or idea risk-free, in a great location at the heart of Bridgend’s town centre. At the same time, the craft and music activities have really enhanced the vibrancy of the area and added something a bit different to the shopping experience.”

Find out more about the PopUp Wales initiative.


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