Growing kitchen top businesses in West Suffolk

It’s a great opportunity to turn creative hobbies into livelihoods and to further grow kitchen top business – and now there’s even more support for new market traders.

West Suffolk Council already helps new stallholders with gazebos and insurance costs while they trial market trading, while the pitch fees, which are kept low, help cover the clean-up costs and business rates that the council pays on behalf of the market.

Now it has created a new guide full of advice and information for anyone considering becoming a market trader including potential sources of funding to help them start up their business.

Julie Baird, director (Planning and Growth) for West Suffolk Council, said: “We know that after the past two years, lots of people will be taking stock of their lives. Some may have lost their job while others may be actively looking to change their careers and perhaps become their own boss.

“We also know that we have lots of successful market traders including some very talented people making items for the home and gift ideas – and that our markets continue to play an important role in the wider recovery and health of our town centres.

“Markets are a great place to start or grow your business, and many traders have, over the years, grown from running a stall to needing a bigger premises such as a shop – all of which contributes to the success and vitality of our local economy.

“We hope that this guide will encourage anyone considering trading on our markets not only to take up our support and give it a go, but to trial new products, to hone their customer service skills and to grow a successful business here in West Suffolk.”

The guide also features some of the stories from traders who have grown onto trading from other business premises in West Suffolk and expanded onto other markets across the district.

Traditional markets take place weekly in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Newmarket, and Mildenhall and once a month in Clare.

Markers Markets take place monthly from April through to December in Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill and Newmarket. Where you can shop or sell handmade crafts from small businesses local to the area.

The Makers Markets are supported by the Suffolk Inclusive Growth Investment Fund (SIGIF) following a successful bid by the council in March 2021. A total of around £20,000 of SIGIF funding has been used to supply gazebos, their transport, advertising, banners and bunting to support the Makers Markets.

If you are interested in becoming a trader, contact the market development officer at economic.development@westsuffolk.gov.uk or access the guidance via Market trading (westsuffolk.gov.uk)

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