Doncaster Freepress by Lee Peace
An historic ‘anti-competition’ custom at Doncaster Markets has been swept away in the hope of boosting trade in the town.
The informal practise prevented new traders from taking space close to existing ones selling similar items.
Under the new commodities guidelines some restrictions remain – for example Doncaster’s dedicated Food Hall will still only allow food retailers – but anyone wanting space in the markets should now be accommodated wherever possible.
Doncaster Council hopes the new set up could lead to the creation of 30 new jobs for traders in the town.
Markets bosses have estimated that even if the new approach only allows an additional 20 businesses – who would have previously been turned away to take space on the markets – it could mean as much as an extra £70,000 income per year for the markets.
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