Government boosts pop up shops

Temporary stores now 'easier to open' following report by retail guru Mary Portas.
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The Government has changed the way retailers can open pop up stores in a bid to drive growth on the High Street.

Anyone starting a pop-up business now has up to two years to apply for planning permission, instead of having to do so straight away.

The news comes after retail expert Mary Portas carried out an independent review of UK High Street’s.

We Are Pop Up, which is organising a Pop Spot Festival that showcases various temporary stores, says it’s now ‘easier’ for entrepreneurs to start businesses in this way.

“This is fantastic news for pop-ups who are really about to come into their own,” said We Are Pop Up’s Nicholas Russell.

“With more than 11 per cent of shops standing empty, pop-ups are a great way to inject life back into our town centers and High Streets. 

“Starting a business in this way breaks down barriers to entry for entrepreneurs and those in creative industries, whilst offering consumers a unique experience”.

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