Maghull Labour Councillors and Maghull Town Team work on new pop

Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley and Maghull Town Team leader Lewis Franks at the shop in Central Square.


A new shop is set to 'pop-up' in Central Square thanks to Maghull Town Team.

The team, which is made up of Maghull Labour Councillors Lynn Gatherer and Patrick McKinley together with local businesses, including Town Team leader Lewis Franks from Hallmark's and Steve Maxwell from Bradley J Lewis, is preparing to transform a vacant shop in the Square.

They are busy preparing the empty store to host pop-up shops - which are designed to give aspiring Maghull entrepreneurs a cheap way of setting up.

Pop-up shops have been trialled in various cities across the country. They are designed to provide quick and cost effective retail opportunities for start-ups.

Lewis said the pop-up shop will benefit Central Square as a whole.

Lewis said: "The pop-up shop won't only be a boost for shoppers in Maghull, it'll be an opportunity for local budding entrepreneurs to get a cost effective way of setting up for business.

"The plan is for the shop itself to house around six or seven pop-ups which will each provide retail spaces for small businesses.

"What we are hoping is that we will have six new retail offerings attracting shoppers into the square, in turn benefiting the existing businesses."

Sudell Ward Labour Councillor Lynn Gatherer said the pop-up shop idea was just one initiative Maghull Town Team is working on.

Cllr Gatherer said: "Maghull Town Team has now secured £27,000 worth of funding after receiving a £17,000 grant from Labour-run Sefton Council for the improvement of the Square.

"The pop-up shop is one idea that we are working on and it is one that we hope to showcase new local businesses, our local schools and even community groups.

"The Central Square shop is a great opportunity for local up-and-coming small businesses to make their presence felt at the heart of Maghull, and it will give shoppers access to some fantastic new businesses. We want people to 'shop local' in Maghull and the small traders that will be able to use the pop-up shops will help to improve even further what is on offer in Central Square.

"Our shop local strategy aims to keep the Maghull pound in the community, ensuring we can spend our money locally and in turn having a positive effect on the local economy and jobs. I will most certainly be shopping in there.

"We would like to thank the Maghull Group for giving us access to the shop."

Fellow Town Team member, Sudell Ward Labour Councillor and Maghull Town Council leader, Cllr Patrick McKinley, said the Town Team was working on making Maghull "a hub for local business excellence".

Cllr McKinley said: "We've got some fantastic businesses already here in Maghull. We've got lots of budding entrepreneurs with fantastic ideas. Our town needs to capitalise on both of these to create the opportunities we need for jobs and to boost the local economy.

"That is what we are working on promoting through the Town Team and through Maghull Town Council, where we have already created three new apprentices and where we are working together to create new opportunities for the people of Maghull and particularly our young people.

"The pop-up shop initiative in the Square has proven successful in other parts of the country where it has been piloted, we are confident it will be a boost for local business and for the wider community."

Maghull Town Team are now inviting local entrepreneurs to apply for a pitch in the shop, which is scheduled to open around September. For further information and to apply, contact Cllr Lynn Gatherer on 07904 939 454.


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