Tuesday, February 3, 2015

News: Gala Tents on Rotherham street market

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One the UK's largest importer and exporter of tents, marquees and pop up awnings, Gala Tent, has secured the contract to refresh the award-winning street market in Rotherham town centre.

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) awarded Rotherham first prize in the category of "Best Street / Outdoor Market" at their national awards ceremony in 2012. Since then, the outdoor market has added a fresh produce section and Rotherham Council's Markets Service has recently undertaken consultation with current traders and customers to establish the potential for extending the Tuesday street market from 62 to 95 stalls.

Following approval last month, the market will extend into Effingham Square, which is situated directly opposite to the new £40m Tesco store.

Founded in 1999, Gala Tent has grown to sell over 10,000 tents and marquees each year, along with around 90,000 event accessories and furniture products. In the UK, the Manvers-based company is a preferred supplier for organisations including the military, NHS, the South Yorkshire Fire & Rescue Service, South Yorkshire Police Service, St John's Ambulance and AA.

To cover the cost of the street market extension the authority is to borrow from the Public Loans Board over a five year period, with the repayment being covered by the estimated additional income generated from the market. The initial capital expenditure is around £48,000 with an estimated £25,000- £53,000 of income from renting the new stalls per annum.

The existing 62 gazebos will be replaced and an additional 33 will be purchased to create 95 trading areas. Following a competitive tender process the new gazebos are to be bought from Gala Tent.

Jason Mace, managing director of Gala Tent, said: "We believe the Council has definitely got the the right idea for generating new business in Rotherham as the increase in footfall from the new Tesco is a huge benefit to Rotherham markets."

Cllr Dominic Beck, Cabinet Member for Business Growth and Regeneration at Rotherham Council, added: "In 2012 the number of stalls was increased from 40 to 62 and here we are again, three years later, increasing that number again because there is a constant waiting list of traders. We believe that this investment in Rotherham's Market Service will be of huge benefit to both the town and to shoppers alike."

Future extensions on both Upper Millgate and College Street creating better links to Corporation Street and High Street will ensure maximum benefit.

Work is also continuing on options for this redevelopment of the markets complex which may range from improvements to the entrances and signage, all the way through to a major redevelopment and reconfiguring of the outdoor markets plus works to the indoor section.

Gala Tent website
Rotherham town centre website

Images: RMBC

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