Are you an indie maker, creator or food producer looking for a retail platform to showcase what you do?

At Real Ideas we’ve always championed and supported local independent businesses, allowing them to flourish and develop in our spaces, through markets, exhibitions, experiences and a small retail offer. We recognise that now more than ever independents need our collective support, so it is time for us to shake things up a little bit.

As part of our Think Big Shop Small campaign, we would like to offer local independents the chance to have a pop-up retail spot in our venues and join us on a journey through our Spring 2021 programme and beyond.

We aim to be as inclusive as possible in our work but recognise we’re on a journey. We also recognise the creative sector is biased towards those who are white, cisgender and non-disabled. Our programme will be stronger with greater diversity and we welcome applications from those who bring difference. We may ask you for further information about you and/or your workforce so we can better understand our reach and how, together, we can start to break down barriers to inclusion and celebrate diversity.

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What’s the process?

We are custodians of five buildings in Plymouth, Liskeard and Newquay, two of which are current renovation projects. They include Devonport Guildhall, Ocean Studios, CSpace, Market Hall and Liskeard Library.

This opportunity applies to Ocean Studios (Plymouth) and C Space (Newquay).

We invite you to tell us more about you, your enterprise and your retail offer so we can curate a vibrant and exciting pop-up offer in our spaces (once we can open again!)

We have provided criteria below and a link to an application form (and the equalities, diversity and inclusion survey). However, if you would prefer an alternative to writing, you can submit a short video – no longer than 3 mins or 4GB in size and submit it to

What’s our criteria and what are we looking for?

  • As a minimum we request that you are a Real Ideas ‘Join Us’ Member to apply – so if you haven’t signed up yet, please visit and become part of our growing community
  • It’s only open to South West based businesses and individuals (sorry, on this occasion, your application will be removed from the shortlisting process if your postcode is outside our region)
  • We’re looking for our retail pop-ups to be self-sufficient – we can provide tables and spaces but we like to keep the set up simple
  • Real Ideas is committed to taking responsibility for its own impact on the environment and society. We recognise that our purchasing of goods and services has sustainable implications, and we are actively working towards reducing the negative effects these purchases may cause. We want to work with more people who are either working towards or are already established in being as sustainable and ethical as possible
  • We love collaboration so we’ll accept collective pop-up ideas or individual proposals, just let us know if you will need more space
  • Get creative – your stall should be welcoming and carefully curated to best sell your products – we can provide some guidance but please include images of any previous displays and let us know if you might need some help


Apply now