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Independent startups feature at Battersea Power Station

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September 8, 2017


From hand-poured candles to fashion designers, you’ll be able to enjoy the first in a series of retail and pop-up activations at Battersea Power Station from September 14th. This is part of a programme of purpose-designed retail spaces at the main entrance to Circus West Village.

The offer of free spaces to local businesses is part of the community initiatives by the team at Battersea Power Station. These pop-ups will be in a series of purpose built units at the entrance to this new riverside location at Grosvenor Arch and will include small businesses, designer makers, creative entrepreneurs and start-ups both local and from across London. They’ll be able to showcase their wares every Thursday to Sunday, from now until December 24th – come check them out.

The first of the mix of creative start-up stars are:

  • Wax + Wick, a premium hand poured candle brand founded in Battersea by lifestyle entrepreneur Nicole Hansen. It has a strong belief in contributing to the circular economy and minimising waste through their up-cycled repurposed materials. The brand celebrates Nicole’s Danish heritage and incorporates simple design, sustainability and quality. They will offer several workshops and creative sessions,
  • Beatwoven, a textile technology studio that translates music into digital weave patterns for a Jacquard loom. Founded by designer Nadia-Anne Ricketts, the pop-up will be selling framed textile art work and presenting a recent collaborative project with FirepitTech, a division of Warner Music Group, and the David Bowie Estate – for the Harrods Art Partners project.
  • Warehouse Home, a fast-growing lifestyle brand founded by Sophie Bush. The brand’s online shop retails vintage and contemporary homewares designs with an industrial aesthetic, including exclusive products created for Warehouse Home by emerging British designers,
  • Creative Entrepreneurs, the London based learning and networking platform that nurtures small independent businesses from across the creative industries by bringing together business support tools and expert advice to help them develop, alongside inspiration and learning from supporters including Anya Hindmarch and Thomas Heatherwick. Coinciding with London Fashion Week, Creative Entrepreneurs will showcasing some of the young London-based fashion labels within their network,
  • Thames & Hudson, one of the leading illustrated publishers across all areas of visual creativity, will be supporting the programme across the London Design Festival and London Fashion Week weekends with their first ever pop-up space. They will be conducting a series of author talks, workshops and children’s events across the fields of design, fashion and photography,
  • WATCH THIS SPACE: More creative popups and collaborations will be revealed in the coming weeks as this exciting project continues!

The studio spaces at Grosvenor Arch will form part of the community at Battersea Power Station alongside the independent restaurants (Mother, 29 Power Station West) and a curated programme of activities that take place every weekend in front of the Power Station.

In addition, from this Autumn, even more people will also be able to visit by using the River Bus with a new dedicated pier at Battersea Power Station!

Visiting details:

The evolving popup programme will be running Thursday – Sunday each week, across the rest of the year, from Thursday 14th September 2017.

This flexible, dynamic, evolving showcase combines individual and shared units. Tenant invitations are based on an open call-out, pitch and themed programming process, strategically steered by the curation team at Battersea Power Station.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “We want to support a new generation of creative people and are seeking young, independent commercial businesses that are making products and stories across design, art, craft, fashion, publishing, new tech and beyond.

“The spaces are initially offered rent free and we are targeting the local Battersea community as well as businesses and creative networks across London. Initially, the spaces will be available from Thursday to Sunday each week, and the tenancies will rotate regularly to showcase a range of creative ideas across the season. I love the idea that when the office spaces in the Power Station are complete, we will have some of the biggest businesses in the world working alongside start up businesses with just one employee.”

For more details on how to get to Grosvenor Arch, opening times and what’s on; please visit

For the chance to join this programme, email the curation team and send a quick introduction (1 x A4 pdf) about what you do, what you make, and what you would like to bring to this new creative destination. Submit your ideas and become part of this iconic London story – email Leanne and Lucy in the curation team:

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