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Worthing welcomes pop-up businesses to its seafront and town centre

Released: Tuesday, 07 July 2020

A range of global food producers, mobile coffee sellers and watersports firms are among the many pop-up traders that visitors to Worthing can enjoy this summer.

To support local businesses to get up and running again post-COVID lockdown, Worthing Borough Council has increased the number of pop-up spaces for businesses to trade from during the summer months as part of its seasonal concessions programme.

This includes a series of locations along the promenade - from Brooklands in East Worthing to Sea Lane Cafe in Goring - which plays host to pop-up traders from April to September, with a growing number of operators choosing to remain throughout the winter season too.

As a new addition, the Council is also creating a Pop-up Summer Space in Montague Place, which will give established and new businesses the opportunity to trade safely in the open air. Applications for these stands are now open with interest expected to be high.

Cllr Kevin Jenkins, Worthing Borough Council's Executive Member for Regeneration, said:

“We recognise that local companies are operating in a difficult climate, which is why we've increased the capacity this summer for pop-up businesses to be able to trade in our public spaces, thereby creating a safe environment for traders and shoppers.

“This is part of a package we have put in place to support our local businesses, which also includes encouraging cafes, bars and restaurants to use public spaces to create outdoor seating areas for their customers.”

Among the wide range of pop-up traders this year, visitors to Worthing Seafront will be able to sample a glass of Worthing's very own brand of gin (weekends only), before tucking into a wood-fired pizza or tasting a range of culinary delights from around the globe. They can also grab a coffee to go, sit down for a cream tea or cool off with a gelato as they stroll along the seafront.

The addition of the new outdoor trading area in Montague Place has been made possible by a temporary road closure, which is currently in place until the end of September. The road was initially closed to ensure the safety of traders and visitors to the town centre as it is an area that can become busy with cars and pedestrians. When the town centre was reopened, it was decided to retain the road closure over the next few months and use the space to support businesses to trade safely.

Business can find out more about the Seasonal Concessions programme and how to apply for a permit to trade.

Photos: Local businesses are invited to apply to trade in the new Pop-up Summer Space in Montague Place in Worthing and there are plenty of pop-up food and drink traders to visit on Worthing seafront this summer

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Photo: You can learn to kitesurf or paddle board with one of the pop-up hire companies operating on Worthing seafront this summer

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