CQ Pop-Up Centre

Watch this lovely film on the Pop Up Centre, made by Jes Hill.

Watch this lovely film about the Pop-Up Centre by Edgar Kazak and Sabrina Elkin here.

The Creative Quarter company ran a Pop-Up Centre at 10 Fletcher Gate, in the heart of Nottingham city centre, from October – December 2013.


Since Dwell home-store closed, the prime retail site at 10 Fletcher Gate remained unused until Debbie Bryan, a maker and retailer based in the Creative Quarter, approached owners Bildurn to use the window space as a show case for her handmade scarves and broaches.


The Creative Quarter company, having launched an open submission process, then invited GameCity to utilize the space during the GameCity festival in October 2013.


The Creative Quarter company’s open submission process invited local independent traders and makers to dream up creative ways to display their wares. The successful applicants, the majority of whom did not have their own outlet or shop window, were offered free retail and activity space from 18th October up until Christmas 2013. A total of 40 traders were involved in the project.

CQ Pop-Up Centre provided a showcase for a wide range of beautiful handmade gifts, accessories, designer garments, prints and photographs as well as offering visitors a pop-up café and a pop-up cinema.


As well as offering retail space, the centre included a program of events and talks from organizations within the area. From outside, visitors were drawn to the space by the gorgeous window display created by Debbie Bryan (whose regular shop is at 18 St Mary’s Gate, just a short walk across the tram line from The CQ Pop-Up Centre).

IMG_9654The CQ Pop-Up Centre attracted in the region of 10,000 visitors over it’s opening period and went from taking £1,800 in the first week to taking over £7,000 a week and finally taking £14,000 in the final week. It is estimated that it took nearly £50,000 during the seven weeks.

IMG_9748Leslie MP paid a visit the Creative Quarter Pop-Up Centre in December and met the traders.

Some of the Pop-Up Centre traders increased their annual turnover by more than 10 per cent (and their December turnover by more than 20 per cent).

The Pop-Up Centre has had a particular impact for start-up SMEs, giving them a boost in immediate trade which is likely to have a knock-on effect on their incubation period. You can read a blog about the experience here:


 The centre was divided into various zones (A to O) with some entrepreneurs working together to create unique spaces. Below is a list of entrepreneurs involved in the project:

 A – Rawson Photography

CQ Pop Up Centre 12 Days of Christmas Day 1 - 1 Canvas Print Rawson Photography

Zone B – Debbie Bryan


Zone C – Sarah Turner, Sarah Manton, Lexie Mac and the Knitting Academy www.theknittingacademy.comIMG_9644



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Zone D/E – L’Aviye, AFP Clothing, Merkato and Elefair Gifts


Zone F – Sneinton Bespoke Creatives



Zone G – Drew Barton, Bees Make Honey Creative Community, Denizen Records,

Sheila’s Antiques.  Sheila’s Antiques is handpicked 2nd hand and vintage with unique personal history

Zone I – Simon Dunn Photography – Simon took portraits of visitors for free

Zone L – Cakes by Maine (fairy cakes, christmas logs, wedding cake orders), Noli Chocs by Sarena K. (gluten-free, dairy-free chocs)


Zone N – Human Camera family photography workshops

Zone M – Angela Vickers, Sky Blue Designs, Culgun (bespoke tailored men’s jackets)


Zone O – Theatre Royal Pantomime set-up, Melkorka Stiller-Magnusdottir (photographing children in their natural environment), Love Textiles (children’s textile workshops).


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CQ Pop Up Centre 12 Days of ChristmasDay 4 - 4 Recycled FlowersSarah Turner


CQ Pop Up Centre 12 Days of Christmas Day 3 - 3 Sculls Drew Barton   CQ Pop Up Centre 12 Days of Christmas Day 6 - 6 Singers singing Sarah Manton   Day 09 web   CQ Pop Up Centre 12 Days of Christmas Day 12 - 12 Bangles L'Aviye

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