HAPPY BIRTHDAY: Local artists and designers celebrate first-year anniversary at Made in H&F pop-up

Local artists and designers have celebrated the first anniversary of the popular Made in H&F pop-up shop in Hammersmith’s Kings Mall.

Hammersmith & Fulham Council has teamed up with Hammersmith Bid and Kings Mall shopping centre to provide the exciting affordable retail space, showcasing local artists and producers.

It has so far helped 54 local entrepreneurs, which have included painters, jewellery makers, hat makers, t-shirt designers, artists and craft makers.

Check out the photos from the anniversary party in our Flickr gallery

“The Made in H&F pop-up is a great example of the work we’re doing to help entrepreneurs to start, flourish and grow in the borough,” said Cllr Andrew Jones, H&F Cabinet Member for the Economy and the Arts.

“We want to make H&F the best place to do business in Europe.”

The Made in H&F pop-up is a result of the council’s Industrial Strategy (pdf 2.6MB) which aims to provide more affordable and flexible spaces for entrepreneurs in the borough.

Andrew Proctor, Kings Mall Centre Manager said: “We are pleased to have been able to support Made in Hammersmith & Fulham, which has successfully demonstrated the creativity of the local community.”

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Image caption: Image 1: Local artists and designers celebrate the first anniversary of the popular Made in H&F pop-up shop

Local entrepreneur

Shepherds Bush resident Kate Cummins is a huge fan of the Made in H&F pop-up.

Her Barbados-inspired hand-crafted jewellery line, KC Loves is currently being showcased in the popular retail space.

“It’s a great stepping stone which allows you to test the market in an actual shop, and you don’t have to pay any rent,” she said. “Where else do you get that?”

“It’s a perfect opportunity for small start-ups and emerging entrepreneurs to thrive.”

Kate started out making jewellery as a hobby when she began taking silversmith evening classes. She went on to trade at H&F’s North End Road and Hammersmith seasonal traffic-free markets, before discovering the pop-up.

Opening times

The Made in H&F pop-up shop is open Monday to Saturday from 9am to 6pm, and on Sunday from 11am to 4pm.

If you're a local start-up business looking for an affordable opportunity to showcase your products, email Sonia Gorniak for more information.

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