05 Oct Enfield Market is changing
Did you know that we have had a market in Enfield since 1303? The right to hold a market was granted by Royal Charter but at the end of September, the market as we know it will be gone.
The Old Enfield Charitable Trust who have responsibility for the market in perpetuity have undertaken a significant investment programme to launch a new market on October 1st during British Food Fortnight.
The market will still run three days a week but the Trust also have plans to put on extra community events throughout the year, making the Market Place the place to be in Enfield Town. All the old stalls will be replaced with brand new gazebos and over the Summer a recruitment drive for new traders will be taking place to complement the existing traders who decide to stay on under a new set of working rules and conditions.
At a packed meeting held in the Kings Head on the Market Place in July, Enfield Market traders heard from a new management team, brought in by the Trust to revive the markets fortunes, for just what was in store for them come October. Plans include later opening hours with the market set to keep trading until 5.30 at night on weekdays, as well as introducing a Food Court into the centre of the market with an emphasis on quality hot food.
The Trustees at The Old Enfield Charitable Trust said, “We are really excited about the planned new market. It is vital that we continue to support these small, independent businesses as well as offering a more vibrant, exciting market, adapted to the needs and shopping habits of local people.”
For the first time in its history, Enfield Market made a loss in 2014. Proceeds from pitch fees go towards Grants that the Trust give each year to people working and residing within the boundary of The Ancient Parish of Enfield. Three types of grant cover things like buying a washing machine in the Family Support Grant category, to supporting people in Higher Education with an Education Grant. Then there are the Community Grants that provide grassroots organisations with specific funding for projects reflecting the diversity and vibrancy of Enfield, which put together amounts to around £250,000 a year going to individuals, families and organisations in the local area – a programme under threat from the failings of the market to make money.
The team brought in to breath new life into Enfield Market are The Market Doctors, who between them have nearly 50 years experience. Managing Director Steve Morris, who has managed markets on behalf of Birmingham and Bristol City Council’s and himself a multi award-winning Market Manager said “The decline of markets is something we see all over the country and does not indicate any kind of failing, rather the Trust are to be commended in recognising that changes need to be made and sticking to their commitment to deliver the market and make it fit for purpose in the 21st Century. Among changes already mentioned, the market place will be Wi-Fi enabled and we will be encouraging traders to take payments through mobile phones. We also hope to work closely with other businesses in the town to deliver a programme of events throughout the year that will make Enfield Town centre a place where people will want to spend time, catch up with friends and eat great food, as well as a place to shop.”
If you are interested in the Grants given out by The Old Enfield Charitable Trust and would like to check if you are eligible to receive one, talk to the office on 0208 3678941.