Romford's The Retailery celebrates its first anniversary in style
PUBLISHED: 09:00 09 November 2017
A vibrant hub of entertainment and home of start-up businesses, has been celebrating its first anniversary.
The Retailery has been based in the heart of Romford Market for one year, giving the town centre a much needed new lease of life, to the delight of many.
Lauren Martin of Made Public said: “It was amazing to see so many new and familiar faces at our first birthday celebrations.
“We feel the local community and beyond have really taken The Retailery to their hearts and its amazing to have been able to play such a integral part in bringing such a unique and vibrant space to Romford.”
A pop music quiz, face painting, goody bags, drink deals, food and live music from a four piece swing band and reggae DJs marked the special occasion over the three-day weekend.
The Retailery's first anniversary
Cllr Damian White, cabinet member for housing, Cllr John Crowder, mayor of Havering Cllr Philippa Crowder and Cllr Jason Frost.
The opening day of The Retailery.
The Retailery, Market Place, Romford, celebrating its first anniversary. Harrin Singh, age 19 with face painting artist Jade Foster.
The Retailery, Market Place, Romford, celebrating its first anniversary.
The team behind The Retailery and businesses based in the co-working space to celebrate its first anniversary. Picture: Christine Santa-Ana
Open mic night at The Retailery.
Booze Made Public. Picture: Christine Santa Ana
The Retailery during its construction stage. Picture: Christine Santa Ana
The original aim of The Retailery, which took over the former Hush nightclub, was for the space to help build a community of businesses able to share skills and resources while offering competitive prices.
But over the past year, it has grown into so much more, now open every night of the week till late with entertainment and events such as jazz nights, LGBT evenings, live music and boozy bingo.
Lauren said: “It’s often forgotten that The Retailery is actually a co-working space, where all of our tenants are start-up businesses and entrepreneurs.
“To date, the space has supported 16 start up businesses which has in turn created 52 jobs.
“Not bad going for a year!”
Made Public, the Community Initiative Company (CIC) which runs the business hub, is also behind Colour in Romford, a project brightening up the town centre with murals by different artists.
As part of its next artistic venture Lost Voices, Made Public has applied for funding to create a mural, working alongside the older community.
Fun and festive Christmas events will be taking over The Retailery from November 20 - January 20 2018.
“We’re incredibly excited for all the Christmas activities we have planned and look forward to welcoming more people through the doors.”
To support Colour in Romford’s next project, visit avivacommunityfund.co.uk/voting/project/view/17-6198