Local artisans and small creative businesses will soon be opening a pop-up shop to enable islanders to shop small, shop local and spend their £100 vouchers on ‘something special’.
The temporary ‘Small Business Pop-Up’ will take place across two weekends in September and October and will make use of empty retail units in Liberty Wharf.
Harriet Rouse, owner of online gift shop Harriet & Rose, had the idea for the event after the government announced the £100 Spend Local initiative.
The vouchers being handed out to islanders as part of the scheme can only be spent at fixed premises, rather than online.
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The thing about being a small business, is that it’s great to support other small businesses... we are all part of a bigger picture, and when there is a £100 voucher being issued that we need to spend locally... well we need to make sure you can spend it locally! Starting with two weekends, I’m really excited to announce a Pop Up @libertywharfjsy .... helping you spend that voucher locally! Many more details to come, but if I am quiet for a couple of days, this is why (well this and the puppy... and the youngest starting big big school... oh and my orders and collabs...) #shoplocal #jerseyci
“During lockdown, many local businesses adapted very quickly and went online, or to delivery, or takeaway,” Harriet said.
“When the government announced the £100 initiative, it became clear very quickly that online payments would, understandably, not be possible in order to keep the money in the island.”
Harriet immediately began thinking of ways that small creative businesses such as hers could benefit from the scheme.
“I knew I was going to have to think outside the proverbial box when it came to having a physical presence and ability to take cards.”
Pictured: Harriet Rouse, owner of online gift shop Harriet & Rose, is joining forces with other small businesses to host a pop-up shop at Liberty Wharf.
With 12-14 businesses participating each weekend, Harriet is excited for small business owners to come together for the event.
“I really felt that bringing the small business community together to all benefit was a much bigger picture than just one or two of us having a pop-up shop.”
“It’s a great way for people to come and discover new small makers and businesses that they may not have heard of – all while inside, and with the necessary covid precautions.”
Pictured: Harriet has worked with Genuine Jersey and Creators HQ so islanders can spend their £100 with a range of local artisans and creators.
The ‘Small Business Pop Up’ will take place from 17–19 September and 1–3 October.
Participating businesses include:
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