Market industry leaders are divided in their reaction to the Communities Secretary, Eric Pickles’ First initiative to the Mary Portas High Street review.
Market traders are frustrated that Communities Secretary Eric Pickle’s first response to the Mary Portas High Streets review has not attracted additional funding
Government-backed plans to create a “Love Your Local Market” fortnight this summer have been met with derision from market traders.
Eric Pickles, the Communities Secretary, will today announce the initiative as the first formal response to the recommendations contained in the Mary Portas review of Britain’s high streets.
The scheme, which runs from June 23 to July 8, will see local authorities offering stalls for £10 at many of the 2,000 regular markets so that budding traders could turn up on the day and try out their business ideas.
Joe Harrison, chief executive of the National Market Traders Federation, said his 30,000 members would be “hugely disappointed” by the response, which involves no additional public funding.
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