‘Airbnb for retail’

Pop-up shops to test your product

With an estimated worth of £2.3bn (Centre for Economics and Business Research, 2015), the pop-up sector is thriving. A temporary stall or pop-up shop could provide an entrepreneur with the ideal opportunity to validate their product and gain valuable experience, in turn, assisting in the formulation of a compelling business case.

A recent article on The Guardian’s website, explored this new temporary retail trend and talked about new startup – ‘Appear Here.’ Hailed as the ‘Airbnb for retail,’ Appear Here allows entrepreneurs to find temporary business spaces quickly and simply.

The concept is not dissimilar from LUSU facilitated ‘Deli Takeover’ nights, a number of which took place last year, allowing food entrepreneurs and societies to organise their own event or test out their food related business idea. Lancaster Charter Market also offers the opportunity for new traders to rent a pitch for free if they are offering a product which is new to the market.

What do you think? Would you fancy trialing your product on a temporary stall/pop-up shop? Read the full article on The Guardian’s website.

Take your brand worldwide- UKTI Export Programme

Sell your products online with the UKTI e-Exporting Programme


By 2018, UK online retail exports are set to reach £60bn and by joining the UKTI’s e-Exporting Programme, you can make sure your products and brands can reach consumers overseas through e-marketplaces, alongside the likes of Amazon and eBay.

As e-exporting becomes more and more popular, it is important you keep up with the market and make sure you can increase your customer base by capitalising upon the e-marketplace. The UKTI have successfully negotiated discounted rates for UK retailers and their programme offers personal support, increased potential customer base and information regarding the logistics and cost of exporting goods.

For more information and to join the UKTI, visit the dedicated .gov web page and arrange a meeting with your local International Trade Advisor.