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MARKET TRADER, APRIL 12 - 25, 2019


CONTENTS 6


FEATURES London Chat


Roger Mills’ round up of news stories from the capital


14 18 Retail Reports News and reports from the world of retail


Coffee Break Corner Take a break and test your memory with our regular general knowledge quiz


NEWS 3


NEWS IN BRIEF - summary of current stories


10 Good Morning Dagenham 10 19 19 20 20 22 22 22


Northampton’s bid is in Knife ban at market


Move has benefited market


Council exploring ways to boost markets Traders raise funds for community project Deal or no deal?


Award for market revamp Traders arrested and goods seized Editor:


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Traders furious over artisan event A digital image of the market site in Rochdale known as The Butts


An artisan market promising ‘some of the best food and drink producers in the north west’ has arrived in a Greater Manchester town – but regular traders there are furious about the fact that they have to give up their pitches once every four weeks. The market, featuring


handmade goods, arts & crafts and live music, launched in Rochdale on March 30, and will run on the last Saturday of every month at the town’s current outdoor trading site known as The Butts. But pitches will be exclusively reserved for The Market Company, which operates the artisan market, meaning regular Saturday stallholders will be unable to trade. Rochdale Council and Rochdale Development Agency (RDA) have been attempting to breath new life into the outdoor market since taking over from former operator Quarterbridge last September. The council’s cabinet


member for regeneration, Cllr John Blundell, believes the new market will attract visitors by bringing something fresh to the centre of Rochdale. But regular market traders


who face having to give up their pitches for one day a month are furious about the move – especially since the council put a stop to the Friday market for reasons of cost. Alison Melia has run a


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watch and batteries stall on the market for nearly 40 years and is appalled by the council’s decision. “This is the final straw,” she


told local media. “This is the lowest of the low. We have done 38 years of Saturdays, and never, ever have I known anything like this.” She added that even if they


were selected to take part in the artisan market, most traders would be unable to afford it, as fees range from £50 to £80 as opposed to the usual £15. Alison also believes that artisan goods will not prove


popular in Rochdale, pointing out that there were “fancy cheese stalls etcetera” when the market was in huts on the town’s Smith Street, “and they didn’t survive”. Denise Valente is co-founder of The Market Company, which began in Wilmslow and now operates in a number of town’s across the north west, including Preston, Northwich and Urmston. Speaking to local media


Ms Valente said of the artisan market: “We are very


hopeful it will have a ripple effect to support footfall on all weekends, not just the weekend we are there. “We are hopeful that


the traditional traders who normally trade on that day of the month will see a benefit for the rest of the month. This has happened in other towns where we have created this event. “I’m hopeful they will see


the benefit of it and hopeful that they will come around and we can all work together for the benefit of the town as


a whole and there will be lots of positive outcomes.” Ms Va lent e added:


“Our markets have a real community feel, so we would love to hear from businesses from across the borough of Rochdale. “We are par ticular ly interested in hearing from food and drink traders and arts and craft producers.” Market Trader contacted


Rochdale Borough Council but at the time of going to press no one had been available for comment.


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