June 14, 2012 Pendle Council
Pendle Council is offering people the opportunity to become a market trader for a day for FREE!
They have spaces available between 23rd June and 7th July on limited days at their indoor and outdoor markets in Nelson and Colne.
It’s to support the National Association of British Market Authorities‘ Love Your Local Market fortnight.
This nationwide event aims to provide the chance for people to see what it’s like to be a market trader and potentially start a new business.
It’s being championed by retail guru Mary Portas, who was commissioned by the Government to put forward proposals for revitalising the High Street. Ian Varley, Pendle Council’s Market Manager, said: “The offer is open anyone who has a new business idea. “Perhaps you’d like to test the market with something a bit different or maybe you have a hobby you want to turn into a business. “We’d also be pleased to hear from existing traders who want to expand into Nelson or Colne. “The only exception is that we can’t allow stalls that compete directly with an existing trader.
“The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) is offering free insurance for the day.
“Plus we’ll be offering practical advice on management and funding opportunities.” Councillor Paul White, who looks after Economic Development in Pendle, said: “Markets offer the perfect opportunity for new business start-ups and can help bring life back into town centres. “This is the perfect chance for college students or new traders to check out the markets for free.
“And for some, this could be the start of a successful business – after all Marks and Spencer and Morrisons both started out life on market stalls.
“So if you have a business idea, why not make the most of this free opportunity.”
For more information, call Pendle Council’s Markets Manager on 07753 778598 before 18th June.
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