Retail expert pops up in Liskeard

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A man recognised as an example of ‘great British leadership’ is visiting Cornwall to give a workshop on how to revitalise empty shops.

Dan Thompson is an expert on the reuse of empty shops and how to create ‘a pop up shop’ – which is characterised by opening in a vacant premises for a short space of time.

He has been invited by the Town Team, set up last year following Liskeard’s acceptance onto the Portas Pilot scheme, to offer his advice at a workshop to be held next Friday (April 12).

Town Team chair, Sally Hawken, said: “We are absolutely delighted that Dan has made time to visit Liskeard and hold this workshop for us. It will definitely prove to be a fascinating session, hopefully leaving people with the energy and enthusiasm to try out the idea for themselves.”

Thompson gained national recognition when he stepped in to offer his help and advice following the London riots in 2011, receiving plaudits from the Prime Minister.

And he was included in the Time Out and Hospital Club’s Culture 100, a list of the most inspiring and influential people in the UK’s creative industries.

He is also a published author, having written Pop up Business for Dummies, and previously penned the Empty Shops Toolkit for the Government’s Living Places programme.

Dan Thompson’s workshop will take place at Eliot House, Liskeard, from 10am – 2pm on April 12. To book your place, click here.