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Shopping companion app dip to make the high-street great again

by: Startacus Admin ~ 16th May 2019
dip is a new free to download and free to use shopping companion app that will show users relevant deals based on their hyper-location. A young startup team based in Belfast, Northern Ireland is launching a new mobile app intended to disrupt the voucher industry at the end of this month. The app is called dip which is an acronym for Deals in Places. It allows users to access deals, discounts and ...
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Startup of the Week - Down Your High Street

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th March 2019
The lowdown on Down Your High Street, the startup that is aiming to help independent retailers to compete and trade online... Whilst we all realise the importance of keeping the high street alive, we also know that online shopping is here to stay. It can be a difficult balancing act. We may fundamentally want to support our local retailers and traders yet we often end up purchasing products onlin...
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How can I take my start-up from ‘home to high street’?

by: Startacus Admin ~ 23rd July 2018
Natalie Lovett, Director of The Whitewed Directory chats about her business and how you can grow your start-up business from home.Technology has given us greater flexibility over when, where and how we work, and has aided a rise in the number of people setting up their own business from home. Getting your business in front of potential customers can seem daunting when you spend much of your day-to...
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Startup of the Week - NearSt

by: Startacus Admin ~ 2nd August 2017
As we all know, the internet has had a huge impact on the retail sector and not always in a positive way. As online shopping has surged, the good old bricks and mortar stores have suffered. That however may no longer be the case, thanks to our latest startup of the week. NearSt is a startup which is “on a mission to get all of us back into our high street shops”. Here’s how it...
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CityStasher makes a case for being the Airbnb for left luggage

by: Startacus Admin ~ 20th March 2017
Founded in 2015 and based in London, CityStasher is a ‘sharing economy’ solution for left luggage storage (think Airbnb but for your heavy bags and suitcases). Connecting tourists with local hotels and shops who can securely store their bags, both the ‘hosts’ generate revenue and new footfall, and the the tourists save time and money. So what’s the left luggage prob...
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The Streets- Unlocking the potential of the high street

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th July 2015
As most of us can attest to, our high streets have had a pretty tough time of it lately. With the rise in identikit shopping malls, the growth of out of town retail parks and of course the multitude of economic challenges it’s not been an easy few years. However all is not doom and gloom. There are people and initiatives all across the country who are on a mission to fight back and to ...
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TestTown- Seeking creative ideas to help save the high street

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st March 2014
Now a little treat for the self-starter aged 16-30 looking to exercise their innovative muscles - the annual TestTown challenge is back with another round of high street enterprise opportunities available up and down the UK…here’s the low down. The Problem The great British high street has been on something of a low in recent years with the changing shopping habits of the public bei...
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Re-imagining the High Street

by: Startacus Admin ~ 15th January 2014
Our high streets are suffering. We all know that. And we all know too that something’s gotta be done about it. Whether it’s supporting those independent shops which remain or starting a popup in an empty unit - we all ought to play our part in making things better.However if you’ve got ideas for making things better on a much bigger scale, a new comp from the Technology Strategy ...
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Ebay shoppable windows

by: Startacus Admin ~ 25th June 2013
Ebay shoppable windows...If you are a regular reader of Startacus, you’ve probably picked up by now that we do like any type of innovation or creativity linked with “saving the high street”. From pop up shops, a pop up village (yep you read that right) to trader markets, and conferences addressing the future of the high street, we do like to feature the good news and inspiration...
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Test Town - the finalists compete

by: Startacus Admin ~ 9th June 2013
Back in February we wrote an article on Test Town -  the innovation challenge for 16-30 year olds from across the UK which asked them to come up with original and innovative uses for Britain's town centres... Test Town was an exciting new Carnegie UK project, and the 70 submitted ideas were put forward to a panel of ‘experts’ who shortlisted down to 12 finalists. Those 12 final...
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