18 May Penkridge Market joins #LYLM2016
Penkridge Market, near Stafford, has announced that it will be participating in the high profile, national 2016 Love Your Local Market campaign, led by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), with full support from the wider markets industry and government.
The initiative, which was first thought of by Mary Portas, who suggested a national markets day, has developed over the years into a full fortnight, highlighting all that is great about UK markets.
The campaign, which will run from 17th May to 31st May, aims to attract new market traders and highlights the importance that markets play in the heart of their local community, not only for retail but as a valuable community asset, providing the focal point of many town centres.
It provides a national spotlight on markets across the country and is not only wholeheartedly supported by the industry but Government and a range of other partners. The campaign serves to build affection and support for markets, by enhancing their status within the local community and offers start-ups an opportunity to test a new concept in a low cost, low risk environment.
Penkridge will be joining over 1200 markets across the country by taking part in Love Your Local Market and are offering incentivised pitches aimed at attracting new traders.
The Market will be leasing stalls to local entrepreneurs during the fortnight (17th May to 31st May), at a reduced rate of £10 per stall, to allow them to ‘try out’ their business ideas and to attract more people to visit the town centre.
Matt Williams, Manager at Penkridge Market said:
“We know that it can be quite daunting and costly to set up a new business, so a market stall is a great way to try out ideas and get customers feedback, without it costing very much. The Market attracts up to 5,000 people from around the Region every Market day, so it’s a great place to start a new business.”
The Market will also be offering incentives to the public, to come and support their local traders, with special offers and competitions being held across the fortnight.
“We really hope that people will get behind the campaign and come and support their local traders. Obviously the more money that is spent locally, the more wealth it creates for our local economy.”
High Streets Minister, Marcus Jones said:
“We have a proud heritage of markets in this country. They are a vital part of Britain’s bustling high streets and the heartbeat of communities across the country. They are a key part of the retail offer in many towns, contributing to jobs and local growth and are a proven catalyst for encouraging the next generation of business people. They also offer a vibrancy that the internet and out-of- town retail centres cannot match. I urge market operators, traders and local people across the country to champion this important campaign.”
Penkridge Market is situated in the centre of Penkridge, and is signposted off the A449. It is just three miles from Junction 12 of the M6 and is also easily accessible from the A5. It is 6 miles from Stafford; 7 miles from Cannock and 10 miles from Wolverhampton (postcode ST19 5AP).