No. 26 Makers Emporium is celebrating its five-year milestone this April.
Since opening in 2014, the High Street store has supported over 100 talented local artisans, crafters, designers, makers and independent businesses. The store stocks a wide range of gifts and goodies that you won't necessarily find anywhere else, from cards and candles to local inspired artwork and more.
The Makers Emporium has also served as an apprenticeship training hub, with seven apprentices from The Source completing their qualifications here before moving into full-time employment within the retail industry.
Daniel Stanbra, Director of Operations at The Source, said: “The Source has been working with Rotherham Council to support the Makers Emporium so that it can be a centre for retail apprenticeships in the town centre.
“Over the last few years we’ve seen some very capable and skilled apprentices come through the Makers Emporium’s door who have gone on to find employment and progress their career further. We’re really proud to have provided them with a fantastic place to establish their career path.”
The shop, which is delivered in partnership between the Council and The Source, was officially opened in April 2014 by Mary Portas and was funded by the High Street Renewal award of which Rotherham was the lions share winner. It is now also home to Rotherham Visitor Centre and the Theatres Box Office.
Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “The Makers Emporium is a lovely building giving visitors access to a wide selection of unique products and gifts, information on local attractions and the local theatre box office, all under one roof.
“Over the last five years, it has given local makers, crafters, artists and new start businesses a unique opportunity to trade for the first time in a professionally managed retail space, so I’m delighted to see it celebrating its fifth anniversary this month and would encourage everyone to visit and see what’s on offer.”