Published: 2nd May 2019

A retail unit in Kettering that will be used for Open Doors. Across the UK, an average of 14 high street stores closed a day during 2018. Many units will get a new lease of life but others are left in purgatory, stuck waiting for tenants who show no signs of coming back. A pilot scheme called Open Doors launches later this year that will offer community groups spaces in empty retail units, free of charge, to test business ideas, make products and bring positive social change to their local high street. The confirmed locations that will be part of the scheme are Stoke-on-Trent, Bradford, Rochford, Kettering and Slough, cities and towns that once thrived but have bared the brunt of retail’s collapse. It will be delivered by the Meanwhile Foundation, a volunteer-led charity set up in 2012 to harness expertise around this particular type of … (To read the full article, subscribe below)