Digital Pop-Up Supports Small Irish Businesses hosted by Champion Green and backed by Visa

10th April 2024

Posted In: Be In The Frame

A new digital pop-up shop, hosted by Champion Green and backed by Visa, is set to showcase trending small Irish businesses.  The online collective pop-up store will offer a stunning range of original gifts, accessories, and home and beauty products that are marketed by entrepreneurial new brands and start-ups across Ireland.

A great new way to shop local, the Champion Green digital pop-up store launched on today, Wednesday, April 10th. It will host live shopping events, exclusive new pieces and amazing once-off offers, for eight weeks only. The exciting pop-up, which has been developed with the help of seasoned retail brand, Kilkenny Design, has the potential to launch careers, brands and business opportunities, as more people embrace the sensible option of supporting local businesses in new and innovative ways, helping create sustainable Irish communities.

Little Bliss by TV presenter and mum, Anna Daly, features as part of the online collective, showcasing her ethical, lifestyle range of cosy clothing for women and for kids. The designer, based in Delgany, County Wicklow, launched the range in 2020 and now has over 30 sought-after clothing items in a range of colours and sizes. GROUND Wellbeing from Cork, produces exquisite handmade vegan skincare and body care to bring balance and mindfulness to life, while Irish-made Seabody, based in Tralee, creates natural, super-powered seaweed-based skincare and supplements that support the body, inside and out.

Siar Photography, based in Ennis, and run by husband and wife, Gary Collins and Aoife Lenihan, produces incredible Irish landscape prints; while One Dame Lane, from Greystones in County Wicklow, has stunning handmade bridal and special occasion jewellery and accessories that are designed in-house.

Also among the featured brands is Little Light Jewellery, designed by Céilí Flood, who creates delicate, gold-plated, jewellery. Her meaningful pieces represent a feeling, or a moment in life, from empowerment or loss, to endurance and love. Céilí’s pretty necklaces and bracelets come with beautiful poems, so that the act of gifting really expresses the sentiment.

Champion Green is a voluntary campaign designed to support small and local fledgling businesses across the country. The pioneering digital pop-up is an ecommerce platform to showcase entrepreneurial flair and to facilitate sales and brand awareness for small independent businesses, according to Ines Obtinalla, Head of Marketing for Visa in Ireland.

“By evolving the digital capabilities of small businesses and providing access to our payments network, Visa connects small Irish businesses to more customers on a daily basis, and improves their customer experience.

“As part of Champion Green, Visa helps create even more selling channels, such as this exciting new digital pop-up, to amplify potential sales for small businesses to a nationwide, or even international, customer base.”

Design, in partnership with Visa, is launching the new local online shopping hub to continue supporting local businesses. Champion Green already successfully funds ‘bricks & mortar’ store opportunities for retail start-ups, so this option for small businesses to extend their online presence will be equally valuable.

Pictured (l-r): Evelyn Moynihan, CEO of Kilkenny Group; Anna Daly, TV Presenter & Founder of Little Bliss and Ines Obtinalla, Head of Marketing for Visa Ireland. (Image: Julien Behal Photography).