Rotherham’s High Street welcomes two new retailers

Published Tuesday, 19th July 2016
High street shops
Shops on Rotherham High Street

Rotherham’s High Street has welcomed two new retailers – Maia Interiors and the Sweet Escape Dessert & Ice Cream Parlour.

The two new independents join Rotherham High Street just as representatives from the town helped to launch this year’s Great British High Street competition in London.

Rotherham’s Retail Investment Manager Bernadette Rushton and Regeneration Manager Simeon Leach were invited to the national launch event to speak before business leaders and the Minister for High Streets Marcus Jones.

The pair spoke about Rotherham’s experience in taking part in the competition last year, winning the Town Centre category and what the success has meant for the town. Rotherham – which impressed the judges as well as receiving thousands of public votes from local people - was the only one of the seven category winners from 2015 to be invited to speak at the launch event. 

The two new retailers also mean that all units on High Street are now occupied – the first time in a number of years the street has benefited from a 100% let.

Bernadette Rushton said: “It was great to be invited to the launch event of this year’s Great British High Street competition. Our speech was very well received and we were congratulated on our success by government representatives and business leaders.”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, added: “It’s fantastic to see that Rotherham is being recognised for the great work we are doing and I’m delighted that it coincides with another two unique independent businesses opening in the town centre. I wish these new ventures every success for the future.”

Maia Interiors, located at 34 High Street, is the town centre’s 4th pop-up shop and the final shop to be let on High Street thanks to funding from the Association of British Bookmakers. Maia Interiors stocks a range of quality gifts and homeware including candle holders, canvas prints, vases and ornaments designed to spruce up your home. 

Owner Deborah Wylie said: “It’s always been my dream to run my own business and the pop-up shop has given me the perfect opportunity. I am thrilled that the scheme has given me this chance as I would not have been able to open otherwise.”

Meanwhile the Sweet Escape Dessert and Ice Cream Parlour, located at 23 High Street, was recently opened by young entrepreneur Tomasz Ugniewski.

The business prides itself on hand-making a mouth-watering range of cakes and desserts such as the delicious Cocoffee and Shaky Shaky cakes, ice cream sundaes and very popular waffles and crepes with a variety of toppings. 

Customers can choose to either eat-in in the tropical style café area or take their treats away. And as the eaterie is open seven days a week, fancying a sundae on a Sunday is no problem either!

“I’m really pleased to be opening my new business in Rotherham town centre and look forward to welcoming customers to enjoy the delights on offer,” said owner Tomasz.

The pop-up shop occupied by Maia Interiors was funded jointly by the Association of British Bookmakers and the Portas Pilot Initiative, which recognises and rewards towns finding innovative ways to revitalise town centres. 

Pop up shops offer dedicated retail space for budding entrepreneurs considering starting a new retail venture, with flexible lease terms available for 12 months as well as free and subsidised rent periods. Financial assistance to fit-out the premises and free business advice and training from retail experts is also included.

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