Thursday December 15th 2016

Students help with a festive makeover

EMPTY properties on Chapel Walk have been given a Christmas makeover as part of Sheffield Business Improvement District’s work to help occupy empty units in the city centre.

Four students from The Source Skills Academy in Sheffield gave the windows a festive spruce up as part of their NVQ Level 2 Visual Merchandising and Retail Skills course.

Next year the BID will be working with property agents and landlords to help reduce the amount of time vacant units are on the market by making them more attractive to potential businesses.

The vacant units on Chapel Walk were an opportunity to pilot a quick Christmas makeover and give local students an opportunity to put their skills into practice. David Webber, Visual Merchandising Manager from The Source, said: “This has been a great opportunity for our students to dress windows and learn visual merchandising skills.”

The work on Chapel Walk also included graffiti removal, cleaning and new more attractive window vinyls, advertising that the properties are available.

BID manager Diane Jarvis said: “We all know what a negative impact vacant shops and units can have on our town and city centres. In the longer term, this project is designed to make the city centre better for us all, and to attract new investment.

“We’re grateful to everyone who has been involved, including the property agents and landlords and The Source Academy, and hope to roll this out further next year.”

Agents or landlords with vacant units in the city centre who would like to talk to the BID about accessing support should contact or telephone 0114 339 2015.

Picture, from the left: BID administration manager Paul Grogan, Adam Gwatkin, aged 16, of Foxhill, David Webber of The Source and student Alina Alam, 18, of Darnall.

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