Sook partners with Transport for London to welcome local businesses to our Shoreditch and Hammersmith spaces.
In the run up to Small Business Saturday on Saturday 3rd December, TfL, in partnership with Sook, want to highlight the makers on the Transport for London property estate from coffee roasters to candle makers to costume jewellers.
Three brands - who usually sell their products in London train station arches - will pop up in Sook Hammersmith on Tuesday 29th and Sook Shoreditch on Wednesday 30th November.
They include Displaced Fragrances, a candle and diffuser maker from Hoxton, Perky Blenders, a coffee roaster and retailer based in Leytonstone, and Accessories of Old, which provides vintage costume jewellery, haberdashery and hair accessories in Putney Bridge.
“We’re delighted to be working with TfL to bring three exciting young businesses to our East and West London spaces.
"Sook is on a mission to help revive the nation’s high streets by turning empty retail units into platforms for independent sellers such as these, and giving them the opportunity to meet new and existing customers and build their brands in premium locations. This is a mission TfL shares, and we look forward to supporting this valuable initiative.” John Hoyle, Founder and CEO of Sook
“TfL owns 1,500 retail units and around 800 railway arches, and 93 per cent of our customers are SMEs. We are proud that this means the TfL estate is a driver of the recovery and growth of London’s economy in the communities where we have property.Through this initiative we want to highlight our community of arch customers; a diverse group of producers and fixers from across the capital.
“Many of our arch customers have embraced selling digital, but do not have a physical retail platform owing to the lower footfall of many arch locations. Likewise, we want to test how we can offer opportunities to our retailers to try out new locations in London. But most of all, we want to bring together our customers and shine the spotlight on them and their stories. To do this, Sook felt like a natural fit.” Tom Atkinson, Customer Performance Manager at TfL Properties