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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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Startup of the Week - SalesGossip

by: Startacus Admin ~ 13th November 2013
We’re all only too aware of the plight of the high street over the last few years so anything that is doing its bit to help the good ol’ retail sector is fine by us - and that’s exactly one of the missions of our latest Startup of the Week. SalesGossip is an online platform which collates info about all things fashion and more importantly all things ‘sales’ related.S...
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Falcon Enamelware - Cardboard Popup

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd November 2013
Falcon Enamelware - Cardboard Popup When we think of the popup phenomenon we will generally envisage innovative and cutting edge startups looking for an exciting and modern way to introduce their product to market or create a bit of excitement - like these - Number 26 Stopup Shop, Propstore and WeArePopup.   But what about a 100 year old enamelware manufacturer with a strictly classical ran...
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How to Select and Secure a Location for Your Popup Shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 21st October 2013
A couple of weeks ago we did a piece giving you lots of info on the kind of things you will need to consider before starting up a popup shop. Your response was phenomenal with many people requesting that we dig a little deeper into the logistics and specifics of the whole thing. Well folks, you spoke and we listened, so here it is, the first in our series of popup follow-ups. Today we’ll be ...
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How to Start a Pop-up shop

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th October 2013
How to start a pop-up shop. It’s amazing that it has taken us this long! With all the championing we do for pop-up shops, pop-up festivals, pop-up bars and pop-up everything else, how we managed to miss out on such an obvious feature as ‘How to Start a Pop-up shop’ is a complete mystery! For those of you who aren’t familiar with the concept, a pop-up shop is a temporary ret...
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Jimmy Beans Wools- A very inspirational Yarn!

by: Startacus Admin ~ 7th October 2013
Just last week we gave you the lowdown on Shopify's fantastic competition for budding online retailers and so to continue that thread, we searched high and low for a business which would demonstrate how a simple idea can grow into a highly successful online business. That’s how we stumbled across Laura Zander from California who over the past decade has knitted her way to international succe...
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The Shopify Build a Business Competition

by: Startacus Admin ~ 1st October 2013
If you’ve got a product that you want to start selling online, then this is the perfect time to do just that. Why now you may ask? Well, basically because the eCommerce platform Shopify have just launched their latest Build-A-Business competition and they’ve partnered up with the Huffington Post so it’s even bigger and better than before. Entering couldn’t be eas...
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Tips on How to Pitch to Retailers

by: Startacus Admin ~ 24th September 2013
If you’ve created a product that you’d like to be sold in retail channels, knowing how to pitch is essential. It doesn’t matter if you are pitching to an independent store owner or if you’re pitching to a large multiple - getting your pitch right is a must. Here are some basic Tips on How to Pitch to Retailers that we reckon should help... Do your research Doing research...
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Starting a Florist Business

by: Startacus Admin ~ 3rd September 2013
Do you know your dahlias from your delphiniums and your carnations from your chrysanthemums?  Ever thought about turning your flair for flowers into a budding business? So far in our “How to start a” series we have discussed the intricacies of starting a range of businesses including a starting a B&B, a bookstore business and a warehouse business and this week in honour of s...
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Mr Quiffy - The move-around pop-up

by: Startacus Admin ~ 26th August 2013
As the UK enjoys the much anticipated return of the sun this week, ice-cream vans up and down the country are putting the pedal to the metal to make the most of the remaining days of Summer. However one such van promises to be a an unexpected treat for style-conscious sun-seekers and a bitter disappointment for children seeking sweet refreshment - here's the scoop... (sorry I couldn't resist&helli...
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