Sidcup & Co celebrates first anniversary
PUBLISHED: 12:02 09 March 2015 | UPDATED: 12:02 09 March 2015
Support project on Sidcup High Street for small business is a year old
BEXLEY’S innovative Sidcup & Co multi-purpose business space on Sidcup High Street is celebrating its first year.
More than 40 retailers have used the space to sell products, reach new customers and raise the profile of their brands. The space is designed to support small businesses and offers affordable retail and business space to help independent entrepreneurs grow and provide facilities for a wide range of events.
To thank its customers and local residents, Sidcup & Co. is offering shoppers a 10% discount in the store from today (Monday) to Saturday (March 14).
Events taking place throughout the week include:
• 9 March - a special light installation, created by talented students from Rose Bruford College
• 10 March - free cake and soft drinks
• 12 March 7pm – 9pm - Ladies’ Night, offering samples of cocktails and healthy juices, expert advice from Persona Cosmetic Medicine and a colour consultant, plus music from talented singer, Chelsea Taylor
• 13 March - fundraising activities for Comic Relief
• 14 March 7pm – 9pm - Magnolia Cake House, Laurie D Designs and Susannah Henley London will present an evening of cake, jewellery and fashion, offering complimentary drinks and canapés
Cllr Linda Bailey, cabinet member for regeneration and growth, said: “The store offers great opportunities for small businesses to flourish, developing new ventures with the benefit of support, advice and affordable facilities. All of the traders and entrepreneurs at Sidcup & Co. have achieved a great deal in the past year, and I look forward to seeing more exciting businesses moving in and collaborating on special projects and events.”
The shop has hosted and organised special events, including dance performances and workshops at the Big Dance Bus event, an exhibition of paintings, sculptures and sketches by Cleeve Park School students and performances by Rose Bruford College graduates, Pulse 53.
The project has also helped to launch two new businesses, the Magnolia Cake House Tea Room and Sukhi Juices.
Young entrepreneur, Rosie Bayne, opened the tea room last year, offering delicious treats served on vintage china. From 18 March, it will be open from Wednesday to Saturday from 11am-4pm.
Local resident, Sukie Li, launched Sukhi Juices in the store last month, and the new business is already attracting significant interest from the local community. Sukhi Juices sell slow and cold-pressed juices and smoothies, made from fresh fruit and vegetables and aimed at health-conscious consumers.