St John’s Shopping Centre Welcomes Young Entrepreneurs to Test Town

St John’s Shopping Centre looks forward to welcoming exciting fledgling businesses to Perth City Centre through new business competition, TestTown.Test Town, St John's Shopping Centre, Perth

TestTown is a 7 day enterprise programme for young people aged 16-30 that is part pop-up festival, part skills course and part innovation challenge. TestTown gives the next generation of entrepreneurs the support to realise their potential while demonstrating how high streets can benefit from imaginative thinking. The initiative provides unique trading space, specialist advice and development funding.

TestTown isn’t a competition where businesses are judged on how much money they make – this is a competition which rewards innovative thinking, an enterprising mind and risk taking. We are looking for highly creative, innovative ideas to stretch the public’s imagination of what a town centre is.

Perth based aerial aerobatics company, Adventure Circus, will showcase their skills in the main mall, with their 4m scaffold.  Gemma and Stephen run a range of exceptional classes for aerial silks, rope, hoop and trapeze for both children and adults.  They aim to include other disciplines like juggling and hula hoop in the near future, so they can offer students a wider variety of circus skills.  Check out this amazing vid of them HERE
The South Street Pop Up Shop will showcase:

Eva Christie Handknitting

Eva Christie Hand Knitting –   Eva specialises in hand knitted contemporary accessories using traditional stitches, drawing inspiration from her childhood among the glens and sea lochs of the West Coast of Scotland.   Eva primarily works with luxurious natural, limited edition and vintage yarns; which support her environmental values and commitment to the Slow Fashion movement.


Nepal Beauty Salon – Sarita Murray offers threading and tinting, facial treatments, head massage, waxing, and eyelash extensions.


Arcadian City – Arcadiancity was founded by Danielle Douglas in 2014, initially starting out as a ‘mood board’ inspired project using her faithful phone camera. You will usually find her admiring dogs, mopeds or on her phone editing photographs. By means of social media, Arcadiancity became a popular go-to location for Scottish landscapes and rustic portraiture.


Salon and Spa Angels – Salon And Spa  Angels provide a bespoke, personalised service to the Salon and Spa industry. They are a small local company and supply clients throughout Perthshire.  They deal with our clients face to face, visiting the salons and spas and getting to know our clients and their staffing needs, allowing them to supply fully qualified Beauty, Massage and Holistic therapists, hand-picked for their specialist skills and tailored to suit each salons individual needs.

All businesses that made it through the first stage of Test Town Perth will be trading in St John’s Shopping Centre throughout October.