Friday, June 22, 2012

News: Rotherham celebrates National Markets Day


Rotherham town centre, the home of Britain's best street market, is celebrating National Markets Day by offering market stalls for just £10.

On Saturday June 23, new and casual traders and entrepreneurs are being encouraged to try out running their retail business at a low cost.

Stalls will also be available free of charge to charity organisations.

The day was one of the recommendations made by retail consultant, Mary Portas in her review of the nation's High Streets and is part of the government backed "Love Your Local Market" campaign.

A spokesperson for The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), said: "Some people will simply use the opportunity to gain an experience and, as such, it may plant a seed that will flourish in later years particularly in respect of colleges and high schools.

"For others it may be the start of a career in market trading. Marks & Spencer and Morrisons started on a market stall. There is no reason why a new generation of market traders cannot aspire to such achievements."

Eric Pickles, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, added: "The bustle of a busy market has long been a great British tradition. Markets are a vital and vibrant part of any town's shopping experience. These energetic traders are not just somewhere to find a great deal, they are an important part of local economic life that deserve our support.

"Love Your Local Market fortnight is a really exciting opportunity for towns and villages to boost their high street economy. For any local entrepreneur who's dreamt of starting a business, now is the time to try it and take advantage of the special trader rates on offer - it doesn't come much better than a tenner to start a new business."

NABMA awarded Rotherham first prize in the category of "Best Street / Outdoor Market" at their national awards ceremony held in January.

Rotherham has been a successful market town for over 800 years - its original royal market charter was granted by King John in the year 1207. The outdoor market sees 44 quality stalls line Effingham Street every Tuesday.

Mary Portas, saw for herself how the bustling, lively market brings the town centre to life when she visited Rotherham last year.

Anybody interested in booking a stall should contact the Markets team on 01709 336959.

Rotherham town centre website

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