Showcasing entrepreneurs at a pop-up Christmas market

Not on the Essex High Street pop up market

The Essex Innovation Programme is showcasing companies they work with at their first ever pop-up Christmas market. The ‘Not on the Essex High Street’ market will give some of the finest entrepreneurs in Essex the opportunity to show their high-quality and unique products to customers that might not otherwise know of them.

‘Not on the Essex High Street’ will take place Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 December in the Remembrance Square area outside Chelmsford library. Open for business on both days between 8:30am and 5pm local companies will offer a range of products from artisan food and textiles to hand crafted jewellery.

Exhibitors at ‘Not on the Essex High Street’

All businesses participating in ‘Not on the Essex High Street’ have been supported by the Essex Innovation Programme. Exhibitors include…

  • Boutique Brownies – artisan food
    An online company offering home-baked luxury brownies. Fresh brownies, some gold-leafed, which can be delivered to the door
  • Dan Hull Prepared Foods – artisan food
    A local food company supplying regionally sourced meat and produce along with other delicious homemade foods direct from their Burnham farm.
  • Essex Food – artisan food
    An online company bringing together some of Essex’s finest artisan food and drink suppliers under one roof. Items include wine, beer, jam, chutney, fresh meat, smoked fish and cheese.
  • Genevieve Sweeney Knitwear – textiles
    Premium British knitwear label as seen in The Times, Elle and British GQ. Genevieve recently won the Women in Business Award at the BIG Business Boost competition which identified some of the county’s most exciting business ideas. 
  • Ophelia Mills - jewellery
    Bespoke handcrafted silver jewellery using upcycled British china jewellery. A graduate from the Inspiring Enterprise course for entrepreneurs.

Some companies will be offering discounts on their products and others will be giving away free samples at the market.

Supported by the Essex Innovation Programme

The Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) works with established companies and start-up businesses to help them to develop, and take to market, innovative products and services and to introduce new processes.

All businesses participating in ‘Not on the Essex High Street’ have been supported by EIP. This support has included…

  • Access to finance
  • Export assistance
  • Finding new premises
  • Business workshops
  • Expanding company growth through job creation and new products
  • Connecting companies to partnerships, university expertise
  • Marketing and PR leading to business awards

About the Essex Innovation Programme

The Essex Innovation Programme (EIP) provides high quality specialist business mentoring across a wide range of topics dependant on the needs, aspirations and individual sector of the business.  

Read here for more information on the Essex Innovation Programme.

Helen Quinnell
Helen Quinnell

Innovation Manager

07918 904941


I work with innovative SMEs across Essex providing a range of support to enable business growth through the Essex Innovation Programme. This includes business mentoring for start-ups, early stage and established companies, signposting to funding and finance, as well as arranging networks and events to provide opportunities for business collaboration.