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Banbury and Bicester College to launch interactive pop-up shop at Castle Quay for programme enrolment and career guidance

Banbury and Bicester College will launch an interactive pop-up shop on Monday 16 July at the Castle Quay Shopping Centre in Banbury town centre.

Open from midday, the pop-up shop provides a convenient location for prospective students to visit for support, guidance and demonstrations from the college.

It has been opened in partnership with Banbury Business Improvement District (BID), an organisation that works to make Banbury Town centre a better place for business and more vibrant for shoppers and visitors.  

Open throughout the summer, the pop-up shop will advise prospective students on their options and the course pathways available at the college, with dedicated information and support team members available to talk to onsite.

It will also offer a demonstration area, an advice and admissions desk and free activities, as well as displaying current students’ artwork for sale.

Activity sessions will include pottery, media production, photography, fashion, screen printing and footballs skills sessions. A highlight for many will be the interactive Formula 3 simulator available each day. 

Head of Campus at Banbury and Bicester College, Bernard Grenville-Jones, said: “I’m really pleased that we have this opportunity to bring what we do at Banbury and Bicester College out into the community. We don’t simply teach courses; we provide career pathways that transform lives.”

Banbury and Bicester College specialises in creative arts, offering further education, higher education and apprenticeship courses accessible to all.

Bernard added: “Our state of the art facilities are the ideal setting to learn new skills for work or leisure, with programmes ranging from Protective services to Beauty and media make-up, and Construction to Access to higher education. And our unique links to local companies - both SMEs and large multinationals – could help you get a foot in the door with your next employer. Visit the pop-up shop to find out more.”

Last year, Banbury campus benefitted from a multi-million pound development, with remodelled creative arts, creative media and motor vehicle centres. It has also recently invested into the introduction of advanced engineering, performance engineering and animal care course pathways.

They hope the pop-up shop will attract prospective students to enrol, engage their passions and inspire them to kick-start their education or career at the college, and the college is very pleased to be able to participate in the Banbury BID Castle Quay scheme.

Banbury BID Manager, Kate Nesbitt, said: “Our pop-up shop project is an innovative way to improve empty units, helping to make Banbury Town a better place for business and more vibrant for shoppers.

“We’re excited to see the second launch in Castle Quay and want to thank the team and its owners, Cherwell District Council, for their support. We believe brick-and-mortar stores still have an important role in offering consumers a physical shopping experience and provide a positive local impact,” she added.