Put your ideas to the market

10 Apr 2018

Have you got a hobby that you could turn into a business? Do you run a home enterprise that you want to expand? Why not give market trading a try for free?

St Edmundsbury Borough Council is offering would-be traders the chance to trade for free for four weeks on the Haverhill market. On top on this the Council will supply a gazebo from which potential new traders can run their stall and it will cover the costs of insurance. St Edmundsbury can also help new businesses with information such as what grants are available to help them get established.

Cllr Alaric Pugh, Cabinet Member for Planning and Growth said: “Small businesses, including market stalls, are the backbone of the British economy. Many start as a hobby or a kitchen table venture and we are offering fledgling businesses the chance to put their ideas, their products or their services to the market.

“We recognise that a good market, alongside town centre events, adds to the shopping experience and helps entice more people into the town centre to support the existing local businesses. That makes for a healthier retail environment, which can then help persuade other businesses to come to the town as well as encouraging town centre investment and growth.”

Cllr Peter Stevens, Cabinet Member for Operations said: “We have a group of very loyal, dedicated market traders. It is our ambition to grow the market which in turn will encourage more shoppers and more trade for both the market and the wider town centre. This is a chance to give market trading a try without any risks but all of the reward, to earn from your hobby or craft or to take that next step toward establishing your own business.”

Suffolk enterprise agency MENTA, which helps new business get started, has welcomed the market initiative.

Alex Till, Chief Executive Officer of MENTA Business Support, Haverhill said: “Using a market stall to test trade a new business idea or product can be a great way to start building a brand and customer base. At MENTA we provide free start-up workshops under our Start Right programme, funded by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and I’d encourage anyone considering being their own boss to book to attend these sessions.”

Anyone interested in a trial market offer should contact sharon.fairweather@westsuffolk.gov.uk


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