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6 FEATURE London Chat


By Roger Mills NCGM announces


blooming UK floral trade


New Covent Garden Flower Market has announced that consumers are officially buying more UK-grown blooms than ever. The latest data reveals that British flowers now account for 14% of all flowers sold in the UK, up from 12% in 2015. According to the latest figures from Defra, flourishing business means the UK’s annual flower production industry is currently worth £121 million. That’s an increase from £82 million in 2015. The announcement came


during the British Flowers Week campaign, founded by New Covent Garden Market in 2013. A campaign which, insiders reckon, has been integral to the British flower renaissance,


leading the


charge for the UK’s flower industry. However, there are other


elements contributing to this surge according to Daniel Tomkinson, CEO of Covent Garden Market Authority. Unveiling the stats he


commented: “A number of factors are, we believe, helping to drive the demand for British flowers. Firstly, much like with food, there is a growing interest in the provenance of flowers. Florists and consumers increasingly care about where thei r flowers and foliage are grown and the wider story on their environmental impact and growing conditions. Just the lower number of ‘flower miles’ means that British blooms are more environmentally friendly than those imported.” He continued: “In addition


there is a current trend for a just-picked-from-the-garden look, which British flowers play to with their natural beauty. This extends across the seasons where British flowers support, for example, a natural autumnal


look.


Finally, many British flowers are varieties grown for their wonderful scent. This differs from mass produced varieties that have been selected and bred over many years for their longevity, colour and shape. British flowers offer fresh, seasonal flowers that look and smell as nature intended. It’s easy to see why both consumers and florists are buying more British. “When British Flowers


Week was launched seven years ago, we made it our mission to give British flowers, plants and foliage a turn in the spotlight. We are delighted to see that the nation is now recognising British flowers for their quality and undeniable, natural beauty and would like to thank every consumer, florist, wholesaler and grower rallying behind British blooms for helping to make it happen.”


More North End moves


Hammersmith & Fulham Council is asking for local


Saying it with flowers...


views on its proposed community-led redesign of North End Road home of the well liked market. As we’ve reported here


since 2014 the council has been working closely with businesses,


traders and


residents to make North End Road a more thriving and welcoming high street. Now it’s time H&F reckon


to move on to the next stage. Following input from community stakeholders including shopkeepers, market traders, community representatives and local community groups they’ve come up with a list of potential


projects for consideration. Reveal ing the raf t of


proposals available for inspect ion of the H&F website Cllr Andrew Jones said threw would be further consultations to prioritise which ideas we should be taken forward. He said: “Some can be


done quite quickly. Others are more expensive and will require us to apply for funding. “We bel ieve in doing


things with residents and businesses, not to them. Give us your views. We’ve already allocated an initial £1 million of new funding negotiated


from property developers to implement some of these ideas and we’ve applied to TfL and others for the additional funding we’ll need to take forward the bigger ones.” The proposals are al l of


par t the borough’s


Industrial Strategy which aims to harness the power of local government


to


bring people together and achieve economic growth for everyone.


Hackney market houses housing event


A visit from the East End institution that is the Pearly Kings and Queens, live music


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More protection for Christmas market Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism)


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Although no specific threat to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access.


The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced.


The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season.


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“Visit Bath is committed to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street


it will allow


us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


More protection for Christmas market Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism)


Bath’s Christmas market will this year employ “robust” defences to prevent extremists from using vehicles as weapons when the event expands to a new location.


Although no specific threat to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access.


The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced.


The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season.


“Visit Bath is committed to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street


it will allow


us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016.


The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however, comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


The Visit Bath plan states that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Allowing time to set up and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The


chalets will be positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events.


As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event.


Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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A number of UK Christmas markets (including Manchester, pictured above) have introduced robust defences in the wake of recent terrorist attacks


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Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016.


The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however, comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


The Visit Bath plan states that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Allowing time to set up and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The


chalets will be positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events.


As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event.


Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


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