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Displaysense reports empty shops proving an unlikely source of business


Displaysense, the UKs leading supplier of display products, has recently seen a surge in customers ordering display items with the intention of using them for small, short-term projects within empty high street lots.

The company first noticed the wave of customers using empty sites when large orders of mannequins and vintage busts were ordered for 24 hour exhibitions set up in these vacant, yet premium high street sites.

A rising number of people organising fashion and art exhibitions have been ordering from the UK based display company after securing deals with site owners to stage small events. As long term contracts are still not presenting themselves, the idea of letting the sites out to these small businesses appears to have become more appealing. The blight of ugly, derelict outlets has long been an issue that councils are keen to see the back of. Previous attempts to rekindle the high streets have involved setting up fake shop facades to give the false impression of a healthy economy.

Steve Whittle, marketing director for Displaysense commented: "Often the locations of the empty stores are occupying the most retail friendly sites that are poised to get the most amount of traffic. It’s no wonder that people are leaping at the opportunity to set up short term ventures with no obligation to sign long term contracts. Displaysense has supplied a wide range of products to be used in these projects; from mannequins for fashion shows to collapsible display cabinets for small exhibitions.

“It’s been fairly hectic - these people are looking for a low cost, effective and attractive way of shop fitting that doesn’t require interior designers or any activity that will take too long. We’ve made sure we have high stocks of items that are being used for these short term projects so we can match the client’s deadlines. Time is of the essence with these types of venture so it pays to be prepared and help equip these shops as quickly as possible.”

Perhaps the biggest high street name to disappear in the meltdown was Woolworths. Up to 40% of Woolworths stores across the UK are still standing empty, many of them occupying sites too large for smaller businesses to occupy.

This news follows appeals from magistrates for the government to set-up small courts in under capacity shopping centres to deal out swift justice on minor incidents. It seems councils are now keen for any type of business to be undertaken in these often run-down buildings.

About Displaysense
Displaysense was established in September of 1978 as a manufacturer of quality point of sale displays. Displaysense has a wealth of experience in design and manufacturing and has been able to develop an ever growing standard range of more than 5,000 displays for retail, exhibitions, office and home. The range is now hugely diverse including literature displays, display cabinets, crowd control barriers, office displays, exhibition stands, clothes hangers, catering supplies and even items for the home.

Displaysense works with a large range of clients including, retailers (multiple and independent), blue chip corporate clients, cafés, bars, restaurants and night clubs, shop and office fitters, marketing and promotions companies, designers and architects, product distributors, exhibition contractors and exhibitors, printers, councils and NHS trusts, charities, schools and universities and even home consumers.

For further information please contact:
Steve Whittle
Marketing Director
Rye Street
Bishop’s Stortford
CM23 2HG
0845 2008139


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