The event takes place on Tuesday 10th July at the old Woolworth’s at 31-33 High Street, Margate. To help lead discussions and generate ideas, Town Team have invited some independent experts with experience in helping small towns. They’ve all volunteered their time free of charge.
Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be sessions running in the afternoon and the early evening. The afternoon session runs from 2pm – 4.30pm and the evening session from 6pm – 8.30pm.
You can also sign up to the event on our dedicated Facebook page at:
Guest Speakers on the day include:
Dan Thompson (Founder of the Empty Shops Network) Founder of the Empty Shops Network and an expert in the creative use of empty shops. He was widely acclaimed for leading the #riotcleanup in London last year earning praise from Prime Minister David Cameron and winning a Team London Award from the Mayor of London. Named in GQ’s 100 most influential men in Britain last year, he has pioneered the use of shops as high street community hubs and organized the first national empty shops conference in 2009. Dan is author of the Arts Council commissioned report: ‘Popup People’ available to download as a PDF here. http://danthompson.co.uk/
Paul Turner-Mitchell Whether it be taking shop local campaigns to Downing Street, getting his local council to introduce free car parking or setting up an independent flagship local emporium of independent retailers, Paul Turner Mitchell is a passionate and campaigner for North West retail. The Rochdale boutique owner has emerged as one of the most articulate and well-informed voices standing up for independent retailers and is a regular commentator for national and regional media. Paul writes columns for Drapers and Retail Week, and some of the more recent issues he has campaigned on include business rates, credit insurance and diversity on the high streets. His boutique has been shortlisted by the prestigious Drapers Awards for the last 2 years running as Young Fashion Retailer of the Year and Paul was personally included in last year’s Top 100 Powerlist as one of the most influential people in fashion. http://www.25tenboutique.com/
Joe & Tom Barratt Joe Barratt is a nineteen year old young filmmaker and creative entrepreneur. He is the founder and festival director of Screen Stockport Short Film and Television Festival, a grassroots, independent festival which gives filmmakers of all ages and experiences a platform to share their work and network with industry professionals. http://screenstockport.co.uk/
Continuing his work supporting fellow young people, Joe set up The Teenage Market with his younger brother Tom, an initiative that gives young, creative entrepreneurs a free market stall to sell their products and young performers a platform to showcase their talents.
Joe is currently in the process of establishing Seven Miles Out Digital and Visual Arts Centre, which aims to be a hub for film, music and art, after his short film helped secure the Portas Pilot Bid for Stockport.
Tom Barratt is a seventeen year old Art and Design student, who set up The Teenage Market to give a free platform to young creative entrepreneurs and performers. The Teenage Market took place as a one off event on Sunday 1st April in Stockport Market Hall, with over 70 stallholders selling creative products including graphic prints, customised clothing, handmade jewellery and quirky craft items. http://theteenagemarket.co.uk/ Roxana Tesla Roxana is founder of the Rough Trade Margate collaborative trading space and Margate Town Team. http://www.roughtrademargate.co.uk/
We invite you to grab a suitcase or two (maximum two per person), fill it with things you wish to sell and join the conga of have-a-go market sellers, stretching from The Old Town right up the High Street. It runs from 10am to 2.30pm. All you need to do is turn up with your case of stuff and that’s it.
Help us promote this event by downloading the Suitcase Conga Poster and putting it up where people can see it. Choose the print settings ‘fit to page’ so you can print A4 or A3 for example. It would be great if anyone can help us print us off a fair quantity to distribute around the town.
A big thank you to everyone who made it along to our gathering at the ex-Woolworth’s building in Margate High Street last night, it was an amazing night.
The many positive comments and offers of help from everyone who joined us have been really inspiring.
The ideas wall was brilliant and we will now be taking it with us wherever we go to show people how passionate Margate is about its High Street!
To everyone who turned out on a grey night, thank you for your time. If you didn’t leave us contact details do send us an email to info AT margatetownteam.org.uk and we will add you to our mailing list. For those of you, and there were many, who did leave us details, we’ll be in touch to double check what you were interested in getting more information on.
For those of you who weren’t there and haven’t caught up with some of the comments online, the Queen of Shops, Mary Portas also joined us with a TV crew from Optomen TV. They are planning on making a programme about the High Street and we are working with them to decide what our involvement will be. We are keen to benefit from the expertise and ideas that Mary has to regenerate Margate but need to be mindful of the need for us to be able to get to work on the aims identified in our bid.
As we have more news about this, we’ll let you know. In the meantime, if you have any photos or short videos of the event, we have a Margate Town Team group in flickr that you can upload to.
Finally, the Oscars bit of the speech…
Thank you to the building’s owners for letting us use Woolworths – amazing space – free of charge (let’s hope it’s not long before it’s open again permanently).
Thank you to Jamie Moore for the live music, Kapo, Mandy and Gavin with their vintage Dreamland ice-cream bike, thank you to everyone who helped clean up, set up and take down the market stalls. Thank you really to everyone who helped. Thank you for coming down, thank you for your support. You know who you are!
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We’ve been busy! And we’re really pleased to let everyone know that we will be opening up the empty Woolworth’s building at 31-33 High Street, Margate for a public event.
On Tuesday June 12th at 6.30pm until 8.30pm we invite you to come and see what it’s all about and give your input.
The Town Team’s bid was chosen as one of the first 12 towns in the UK to become one of the ‘Portas Pilot Towns’ with Margate Town Team being awarded the maximum allocation of £100,000 funding from the Government. We know this sum of money can’t fix everything that needs fixing in a street, never mind a town. But we can achieve much much more by working together as a community.
This weekend we put the call out and a band of volunteers turned out on their weekend, brooms and mops in hand to give the wonderful Woolworth’s Building a good scrub. Windows you can now see through! Thank you to everyone who turned up and helped. We also had lots of passers by stop and ask us what it was all about.
Rest assured, dear reader, not a penny has been spent thus far! We don’t have any! But if we did…we’d be just as frugal.
We are so delighted here at Margate Town Team that Margate has been chosen as one of the first 12 towns in the UK to become one of the so called ‘Portas Pilot Towns’. The successful bids were announced on Saturday the 26th of May, with Margate Town Team being awarded the maximum allocation of £100,000 funding.
Our bid was singled out by the Government for its aims to bring enjoyment, education and creativity to the High Street, along with projects to foster enterprise, provide opportunities for young people through pop-up shops, job clubs and have a go markets.
We’re waiting for next instructions from Government, so in the meantime we know the people of Margate want to know more and how to get involved, so we’re setting up a series of drop in info points in shops around Margate . None of this costing a penny and all done on good will of everyone involved. All very DIY! You can be rest assured we haven’t got any funds yet and we won’t be spending the precious prize on things we can organise ourselves. We will also be shortly announcing the date and venue of a public Town Team meeting in Margate that everyone who is interested can come along to.
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