Wolverhampton School of Art

Graduate starts up new business: Charlotte Clark, BA (Hons) Applied Arts

Charlotte Clark, BA (Hons) Applied Arts graduate (2010), has been appointed the manager of new initiative ‘Shop in the Square’ funded through the Mary Portas bid and High Street Innovation Fund.

Shop in the Square provides local small businesses with a new retail outlet to get their products on the high street and test the water without pricey overheads. The space will also be used to host exhibitions by local art groups, networking events and creative workshops.

The shop‌ was the brainchild of Charlotte who submitted her proposal to Wolverhampton Council and WV One and was chosen by them as the winning candidate.

Products for sale include: handmade crafts, handmade chocolates, local designer handbags, home furnishings, gifts, candles, handmade soaps, handmade jewellery, art work and much more! 

Suppliers are chosen from social media channels and also from the runners-up of the Portas Ideas2Reality competition. Charlotte, who is a local designer maker herself, also stocks her own range of custom printed ceramic pieces specially designed for weddings.

We caught up with Charlotte and she told us: “the opening, and first few weeks, has been overwhelming. Footfall has been fantastic and I’ve also received amazing feedback from members of the public and my suppliers too.”

For more details, visit: www.shopinthesquare.co.uk or follow us on Twitter: @shopinthesquare and Facebook: www.facebook.com/shopinthesquare