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From Stockton-on-Tees to Southampton, 900 markets across the country are gearing up to showcase all that is great about Britain’s most famous ‘local entrepreneurs’. Love Your Local Market fortnight trading will run from 14 to 28 May 2014.
The third year of the annual celebration was formally launched last night (30 April 2014) by High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis at a reception in Parliament.
Love Your Local Market is the summer fortnight-long celebration of market culture in the UK delivered by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). During the fortnight thousands of pitches in England will be made easily available to budding entrepreneurs, young people and would-be retailers to set up a stall and test out their wares.
In many areas, people will be able to take advantage of the ‘tables for a tenner’ deal where they can turn up on the day and pay just £10 for a stall. Expert advice will also be on hand from ‘market mentors’ with years of experience to offer top tips for success.
So far over 900 markets across England, including 100 youth markets have signed up to hold markets, putting this on course to be the biggest market event ever with around 5,000 events across the country planned. Details of where events are being held can be easily found on the map.
Some of Britain’s biggest business success stories started out at market stalls including household names like Marks and Spencer and Monsoon who ran a stall last year on Portobello Road Market where they first started out.
Speaking at the launch event High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said:
I’m proud the government is once again backing the Love Your Local Market campaign, which has given hundreds of people a stepping stone to starting their business.
Not so long ago market day was the most important day of the week, central to the local economy, the local community and of course local politics. Markets can once more be at the heart of communities by making them places that people to love to go – to meet, eat and shop.
There’s a growing buzz around dozens of markets around the country which in turn, has helped strengthen the high streets which make up the life blood of our communities.
Photos from Kingston market on the launch of Love Your Local Market 2014.
Further details can be found on in the downloadable pack on the Love Your Local Market website
Fleetwood market is offering support for new traders as part of the fortnight. Youth markets and all budding entrepreneurs aged 16 to 20 are offered a reduced rental of £10 per day for an indoor pitch with a discounted rental period of 6 months thereafter for all new traders who continue trading.