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Micro-Retail Start-ups (UK)

Fostering start-ups and showcasing local talent.

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     KiosKiosk offers small retail spaces to startups selling ceramics, art, fashion and other creative products at no cost to its temporary tenants. Creative organisations, businesses or individuals ready to set up shop can apply and explain why they're a good candidate to fill the space. KiosKiosk's founders note that, while the number of people enrolling in design courses in the UK increases each year, it's difficult for creative enterprises to find affordable retail space in locations with enough foot traffic to attract potential buyers. The initiative is backed by the London Sustainable Development Commission which works to promote creative independent retail-outlets over mundane, repetitive souvenir stalls.
     As well as encouraging startups plus emerging designers, the kiosk is a low-cost way for London to showcase the abundance of local creativity to global visitors to the city. Could initiatives like this also be used for rotating global food stalls? mini-museums? performance? public art initiatives? TED-style micro-sittings? What else? Could the public be involved in deciding what gets featured?

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What a great model for creating venues for local artist markets in a global city.