June 22, 2012 Kirklees Council
The Mary Portas inspired national ‘Love Your Local Market’ campaign is encouraging people to try running a market stall and has asked local authorities to consider charging £10 for a stall as part of the promotion.
But Kirklees Council has taken the bold decision to support local business by offering FREE stalls across certain markets between Saturday June 30 and Saturday July 7 and have been backed by the National Market Traders Federation, which will offer free insurance for the day for these traders.
The Love Your Local Market initiative came about when Mary Portas was commissioned by the government to put forward proposals for revitalising the high street.
In her report, Mary made particular reference to the role of markets and acknowledged that they can be a significant economic driver in achieving success.
She also highlighted that markets can provide opportunities for new-start businesses and encouraged new ways to raise their profile.
As a result, the Love Your Local Market campaign runs from June 23 to July 8. Kirklees Council’s free stalls will run during the second week.
Cllr Peter McBride, Cabinet member for Investment and Regeneration, said: “Many authorities are offering the £10 stalls across their markets, but a number of our markets are already full to capacity so we looked at a more innovative approach.
“By offering free stalls, and working in partnership with the National Market Traders Federation to offer free insurance, we can really give potential new stall-holders a risk-free taster of running a market stall.”
The free market stalls must be pre-booked at least one week in advance to secure the free insurance offer, and only goods not currently on sale at the markets will be accepted.
The stalls available to book for free are:
Saturday June 30 – Heckmondwike market – 8 stalls
Saturday June 30 – Dewsbury market – 4 stalls
Monday July 2 – Huddersfield market – 10 stalls
Tuesday July 3 – Heckmondwike market – 5 stalls
Wednesday July 4 – Dewsbury market – 8 stalls
Thursday July 5 – Holmfirth market – 8 stalls
Thursday July 5 – Huddersfield market – 5 stalls
Friday July 6 – Batley market – 6 stalls
Saturday July 7 – Heckmondwike market – 8 stalls
Saturday July 7 – Dewsbury market – 4 stalls
To book your free stall please contact Maria Cotton on 01484 223730 or firstname.lastname@example.org for an application form.
To help prepare stall-holders for this free market trial, Kirklees Council is also hosting an Enterprise Fair at Queensgate Market on Friday June 22, from 11am-2pm.
The Enterprise Fair aims to equip new and potential businesses with plenty of advice and support.
It brings together a range of support for people interested in starting their own business in Kirklees, including HMRC, the Prince’s Trust, the West Yorkshire Homeworking Unit, the West Yorkshire Enterprise Agency and Job Centre Plus.
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