Archive for July, 2012

Margate Town Team have organised ‘Talking Shop’, the first in a series of free public events to help local people consider the future of the High Street.

Poster to download print  off and put up.

The event takes place on Tuesday 10th July at the old Woolworth’s at 31-33 High Street, Margate. To help lead discussions and generate ideas, Town Team have invited some independent experts with experience in helping small towns. They’ve all volunteered their time free of charge.

Everyone is welcome to attend, and there will be sessions running in the afternoon and the early evening. The afternoon session runs from 2pm – 4.30pm and the evening session from 6pm – 8.30pm.

You can also sign up to the event on our dedicated Facebook page at:

Guest Speakers on the day include:

Dan Thompson (Founder of the Empty Shops Network)
Founder of the Empty Shops Network and an expert in the creative use of empty shops. He was widely acclaimed for leading the #riotcleanup in London last year earning praise from Prime Minister David Cameron and winning a Team London Award from the Mayor of London. Named in GQ’s 100 most influential men in Britain last year, he has pioneered the use of shops as high street community hubs and organized the first national empty shops conference in 2009.
Dan is author of the Arts Council commissioned report: ‘Popup People’ available to download as a PDF here.

Paul Turner-Mitchell
Whether it be taking shop local campaigns to Downing Street, getting his local council to introduce free car parking or setting up an independent flagship local emporium of independent retailers, Paul Turner Mitchell is a passionate and campaigner for North West retail. The Rochdale boutique owner has emerged as one of the most articulate and well-informed voices standing up for independent retailers and is a regular commentator for national and regional media. Paul writes columns for Drapers and Retail Week, and some of the more recent issues he has campaigned on include business rates, credit insurance and diversity on the high streets. His boutique has been shortlisted by the prestigious Drapers Awards for the last 2 years running as Young Fashion Retailer of the Year and Paul was personally included in last year’s Top 100 Powerlist as one of the most influential people in

Joe & Tom Barratt
Joe Barratt is a nineteen year old young filmmaker and creative entrepreneur. He is the founder and festival director of Screen
Stockport Short Film and Television Festival, a grassroots, independent festival which gives filmmakers of all ages and
experiences a platform to share their work and network with industry professionals.

Continuing his work supporting fellow young people, Joe set up The Teenage Market with his younger brother Tom, an initiative that gives young, creative entrepreneurs a free market stall to sell their products and young performers a platform to showcase their talents.

Joe is currently in the process of establishing Seven Miles Out Digital and Visual Arts Centre, which aims to be a hub for film, music and art, after his short film helped secure the Portas Pilot Bid for Stockport.

Tom Barratt is a seventeen year old Art and Design student, who set up The Teenage Market to give a free platform to young creative
entrepreneurs and performers. The Teenage Market took place as a one off event on Sunday 1st April in Stockport Market Hall, with over 70 stallholders selling creative products including graphic prints, customised clothing, handmade jewellery and quirky craft items.

Roxana Tesla
Roxana is founder of the Rough Trade Margate collaborative trading space and Margate Town Team.


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