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SERVING THE NATION’S TRADERS SINCE 1922


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JANUARY 19 - FEBRUARY 1, 2018 Thumbs-up for revamped market


Traders at Idlewel ls Market in Sutton-in- Ashfield, Nottinghamshire, are looking forward to successfully developing their businesses following a £1.8m refurbishment of the event. The 12 month project has


seen a new reconfigured layout, improved accessibility and better lighting introduced. A new ramp and signage


is also now complete at the facility’s Market Street entrance, providing shoppers of all ages with access to the ever improving retail offer. Along with new stalls and


fittings, a brand new atrium now allows light to flood into the central ‘world foods’ area of the indoor market. Alan Bakalarczyk of Alan’s


Family Butchers feels the improvements to the market have brought it “bang up to date”. He said: “The future of the


market can only be good - it must be the most up to date market for miles around.” Geoff Websters Butchers’


Samantha Scothern believes that the refurb has made for a much better environment for both traders and shoppers. “It is now a cleaner, fresher


and more appealing place to be for all age groups,” she said. “Overal l we are very


impressed at how it is looking and are very excited to be part of it.” Jayne and Melissa Calders


from Jenny’s Lingerie are looking forward to welcoming new traders to Idlewells. “We hope that the new look market will now encourage new businesses to come forward as well as bringing in a new, larger customer base.” Joy Hoskins, who trades at


Memory Lane Cards, added: “The improvements are outstanding; the atmosphere of the market has changed incredibly. “I believe we have a bright


future and can only hope that our loyal customers love our market too.” Following the Ashfield


District Council’s decision to keep the market open


ISSN 2057–6781 Butcher Alan Bakalarczyk feels the improvements have brought the market “bang up to date”


throughout the refurbishment, Malcom Keeling of Colledges Butchers felt the authority had been pro-active in its support and communications throughout the process. He said: “They have let us


get on with our business as usual, and the markets team have especially pulled out all the stops to make it as pain free as possible.” New businesses are also


starting to arrive, including De Yabba Pot, a Caribbean food trader, and Beauty Zone, a beauty specialist. The council are also encouraging more traders to come and enjoy the benefits of the new look market. “This is a great opportunity


for new and existing traders and businesses to develop their retail offer,” said Cllr Don Davis, Deputy Leader of the council and Portfolio Holder for Place and Economic Growth. Cllr Davis also alluded to the


town’s “great transport links” and the state of the art facilities now in place at the refurbished market.


Local Enterprise


The cost of the market improvement works has been met by Ashfield District Council, with £375,000 from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) allocation, worth more than £250million. LGF funding has been awarded to the 38 Local


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Page 19 There is a new ramp and signage at the facility’s Market Street entrance


Enterprise Partnerships (LEP) in England, to invest in infrastructure in their areas which directly promotes economic growth. D2N2 is the pr ivate


sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, along with community and voluntary services, which promotes economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire. Sajeeda Rose, D2N2


Senior Manager (Growth Deal and Capital Programmes), said: “Strong retail centres and markets at the heart of town centres across the D2N2 LEP area are vital, to create great places to live, economic growth and to support the creation of more jobs. “As the area’s Local


Enterprise Partnership we recognise this and are making significant investments in supporting town centres, enabling them to maintain


thei r at t ract iveness to customers and businesses.” The indoor market hall is


situated within the town’s Idlewells Shopping Centre, and is open every day except Sunday.


New owners have


big plans for Brierley Hill Market


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