More young traders are needed at Britain’s 2,000 markets if ‘Queen of shops’ Mary Portas’s Love Your Local Market campaign is to succeed.
‘Year on year, the number of market traders is going down as many approach retirement. We are not bringing in enough at the younger end,’ says Graham Wilson, chief executive of the National Association of British Market Authorities.
A review by Portas of Britain’s troubled High Streets has seen the Government launch the campaign to encourage shoppers to support traders.
Wilson says demand is high, but the challenge is getting new market traders to stick at it.
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