Andy attends opening of Forge : Urban Revival
At the start of 2016, Wavelength, a social entrepreneurial charity headed up by Ann Johnson, won a bid for funding through Pride in Your High Street to develop a pop-up shop in Telford. The project offers the opportunity for local producers of fresh food and handcrafted gifts to gain exposure in a unique shopping environment, with any profits reinvested into the local community.
A good friend of Director Andy Wilkinson, Ann approached OWB to design a brand for the pop-up shop, to emphasise the industrial interior design ideas the team had in mind. To recognise Telford’s industrial heritage the name ‘Forge’ was developed along with a strong, minimal concept.
11th May saw the grand opening of Forge Urban Revival, and Andy was pleased to attend the opening to support Wavelength and Ann, saying: “Forge is a great project that provides an education on self-employment to local people who want to be courageous. In the past the project has supported people post homeless, post addiction, past offenders and people with disabilities. These are not people wanting to be self-employed because it’s a real option, they want to join the un-crowded space; it meets their needs, skills and ambitions. Forge will help us to support local people and it will give space to new and local artists/crafters and food providers. It will provide the locals a meeting space and learning space through workshops and craft session. A great place that is worth visiting if you are in Wellington.”