Meet the brands showcasing in the Thrive Street pop-up

Meet the brands showcasing in the Thrive Street pop-up
Holly Jones
Holly JonesOfficial

Posted: Wed 27th Oct 2021

Mastercard has launched a new programme – Strive UK – aiming to reach micro and small businesses around the country, empowering them to succeed in the digital economy through free guidance, helpful tools, and personalised, one-to-one mentoring.

As part of this programme, together with Enterprise Nation, Mastercard will be launching Thrive Street - a physical pop-up event taking place in the Metrocentre in Gateshead in November. There, small businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their businesses, meet customers and make sales.

Visit the store throughout November to shop from local small brands. You can also attend small business masterclasses in the store in the first week to hear how to grow your brand.

Meet the brands that will be in the pop-up each week

Week one: Monday 1 and Tuesday 2 November

During the launch days of the pop-up, six local brands will be showcasing their products in the middle of the Metrocentre outside the store.

Fusion Cake Haus

Gourmet cupcake and celebration cake business with over 50 flavours of cupcakes.

Sofia Barton Illustration

An uplifting fusion of Indo-Anglo designs relating to Nature and Heritage. Series of matchboxes and vintage inspired artwork.


Quirky, unique and novelty accessories.


Lou is a non-binary artist based in Newcastle who utilises set in education. Products include up cycled tops, recycled notebooks and more.


Fun and playful fashion, accessories and homeware made with a unique process of upcycling, repurposing and UK sourcing.

The Cookie Corner

A small, cookie loving business, set up mid pandemic. NYC style gooey cookies and personalised giant cookies.


Week one: Monday 1 to Sunday 7 November

The Stationery Society by For The Love of The North

Made with Passion. Sent with Love. The Stationery Society is a monthly subscription box that brings together a unique collection of exclusive gifts, all designed and produced in the UK by talented creatives.

Netoon Creative

North East Influenced handmade sculptures and gifts.

Powder Butterfly

Unique gifts handcrafted in Britain. Connecting people with the places they love through beautifully handcrafted gifts and prints.


Week two: Monday 8 to Sunday 14 November

The Yard & Co.

Handmade scented candles in reusable jars - soya wax and wooden wicks.


Plantopia is a mother and daughter run small business based in the North East selling indoor plants, pots and accessories.

Seated Sewing

Seated Sewing was set up by Kat after she became disabled 14 years ago. Providing luxury items to disabled clients.

Claudie & Me

Lovingly designed children's and adult's hair accessories.


Week three: Monday 15 to Sunday 21 November

La Chocolatrice

A beautiful range of delicious handmade chocolate products and also teach chocolate making workshops.

The Aromatary

Luxury scented products handmade in Northumberland. Well known for delightful crackling wooden wick candles in a wide range of fragrances.

The Posh Paper co.

A growing stationery boutique, with everyday essentials for the fashion-conscious organiser. Specialising in posh paper and seasonal greetings.

Week four: Monday 22 to Sunday 28 November


CATCALL is an independent female empowered street wear clothing brand from the North East.

mrs L cards

A petite range of letterbox gift sets related to health, wellbeing and fitness as well as greeting cards.

Tori Lo designs

Handcrafted leather accessories, thoughtfully designed and manufactured on the North East coast.

Visit the Thrive Street pop-up at Sook, Unit 1.258, 17 Redpath Way, Metrocentre, Gateshead throughout November.

Holly Jones
Holly JonesOfficial
Programme manager at Enterprise Nation. Connect with me to chat about getting involved in our events and programmes. In my spare time, I love discovering independent places to eat, drink and shop!

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