Monday, June 15, 2015

Barkingside Pop-Up Anyone?

Via the Transition Town Redbridge Newsletter.

The Seven Kings Business Partnership organised a small pop up event by Seven Kings station on Saturday 13 June. This provided the opportunity to encourage closer working between the local businesses and community, aimed at providing experience for small businesses to develop their trading skills and encourage economic and community activity in Seven Kings High Road. Ten stalls traded on the day, all from Seven Kings, Ilford, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath, plus two stalls run by the Safer Neighbourhoods team and Paracarnival.

Audrey Lindsey who is a start up in the craft business had her very first sale – beautiful rag doll while more established groups such as Organic Ilford and Step Outside Guides used the opportunity to develop their businesses. Mr Patel of ‘Classic Halal Foods Ltd’ welcomed the opportunity to become more involved with the community while Sat Kumar of ‘Hansons Estates’ and Chair of the Seven Kings Business Partnership said ‘This was a fantastic community event – we managed to pull this off with just a small team with the help of local businesses and community members’.

Sophia Hubs will be looking for more opportunities for pop up events, such as Barkingside which has a new town square with a space for covered markets.

Over to you Barkingside Business Partnership ...


  1. My better half would love an opportunity like this in Barkingside. She's just come back from her craft stalls debut in west cliff as she couldn't find more local opportunities.

  2. Yes, let's use the Town Square as much as possible or we'll find the Local Authority trying to build a block of flats on it.

    1. They were going to do just that a few years back, remember?
      There are events on the next two Saturdays see our Notices and events above ...

  3. Just the kind of thing we need to bring the Borough up, increase local business and some kind of community feel. I'd love to see it as a regular event everywhere.