The Wednesday market in Bury St Edmunds has taken on three new traders.
They are Lee Gaught, from Meat & Greet, who provides speciality meats; Becky Bridges, of B&B Bakery offering baked goods; and Synthia Shokobishi with her Kushiki Cushions.
None have previously had a market stall and are choosing this way to develop their business.
Anyone wanting to find out more about becoming a trader or would like to discuss a business idea, can to contact the market development officer Sharon.firstname.lastname@example.org
West Suffolk Council has been supporting the growth of the markets in the area in various ways, including lobbying government to provide grants for traders during the pandemic. It also worked with stallholders to promote their businesses or help them set up delivery services. It is part of the council’s wider work to support businesses and grow the local economy.
The ancient charter market is seen by its operator, West Suffolk Council, as an important part of the town centre and its recovery.
The market closed during lockdown and has reopened in phases to ensure social distancing and to build shoppers’ confidence.
Market traders’ representatives and council officers work together to attract new stallholders and grow the local markets.
As part of the safety measures introduced on reopening, traders were informed that more space was needed to give all permanent stall holders the chance to return while leaving room for social distancing.
To help create this it was agreed with market trader representatives that vehicles that were not being used to directly trade from would need to be removed. The majority have played their part and are using space set aside at Ram Meadow car park.
Darren Old, a traders’ representative on the market liaison group who sells cards on Wednesdays and Saturday said: “Both traders and the council have been working together with the same joint aim of making sure Bury St Edmunds and West Suffolk continue to have thriving markets.
“We know that the council is doing all it can to make sure this continues into the future. We are happy to welcome the new traders that are starting on the market and wish them every success.
“The council works closely with us and changes, such as taking vans off the market, are discussed with us. We as representatives of the market traders said that any decision made had to be equal and fair to all market traders. Reasons given were to help people socially distance as well as making the market more attractive and create space for even more stalls in the future.”