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Market Trader December 8th, 2017 - In This Week


Major investment for markets

Major investment is in the pipeline aimed at improving the operation of the markets in two Staffordshire towns.

Turn to page 2 for more.


Improvement plans approved

A council in South Yorkshire has given the green light to plans for the redevelopment of a town’s historic market hall.

Read more on page 3.


London Chat - Progress in Bromley

It looks as if Bromley Market might be on the move again, for the second time in ten years. On the Chat’s first visit in 2007 this attractive gaff was hidden away on a rather obscure car park/market shelter site behind Bromley North station. Not a brilliant location and candidly it was struggling.

Pages 6&7 have the full story.


Never mind the bollards

Authorities across the country have tightened security measures at festive events in the wake of a series of terror attacks across Europe, including major incidents in Manchester and London.

See page 10 for more information.


Market Reflections - Happy Christmas

I do love Christmas even if my earliest memories are of dad slumped in the chair asleep. No not over-indulgence, he was a butcher. It must have been rather a bittersweet time weighing the profits against the hours spent plucking and dressing in the days when all the birds came off the farm un-prepared.

Please look at pages 14&15 for the full details.


Secret fears of Brexit

With the countdown to Christmas having begun even before the bonfire embers had settled across Britain, we suddenly realise it’s to think about what to buy.

Look at page 19 for the rest of the story.


Market loses fishmonger

A trader at Oxford’s famous Covered Market has described the closure of the facility’s only fishmongers as a “shattering blow”.

The full article is on page 20.

Market Trader November 24th, 2017 - In This Week


Rent shock for traders

Stallholders who are planning to quit a Lancashire city’s market after the busy Christmas period have said they are already facing rent demands for January, even though they won’t be trading there.

Turn to page 2 for more.


London Chat - Whither the LMB?

Back in August, without much of a fanfare, Fiona Fletcher-Smith, an Executive Director in the Mayor’s office, approved expenditure of up to £125,345 on supporting the London Street Markets programme. At the same time delegating to the Assistant Director of Regeneration power to approve the detailed expenditure. Very impressive. The aim? To ensure the initiative is launched in the autumn by setting aside a budget. Mind you the £125,345 isn’t new money, The Chat understands, but some cash previously set aside for Business Improvement Districts. No matter it seems to be coming the way of the gaffs.

Read more on pages 6&7.


High Street remains unsaved

Recent figures have shown that Mary Portas’ “Save the High Street” campaign has failed, with the towns involved having lost almost a thousand shops in five years.

Page 10 has the full story.


‘Garden’ tenants critical of revamp progress at Stakeholders Reception

One of Churchill’s most memorable quotes given, I think, around the time of the battle of Britain went something like: “It is not even the beginning of the end. But it is, perhaps, the end of the beginning.”

See pages 14&15 for more information.


Big discounts attract ‘cherry-pickers’

Retailers’ discounting strategies to acquire new customers can prove a costly mistake, it has been revealed.

Please look at page 19 for the full details.


This year’s top toys for Christmas

DreamToys is a major media initiative run by the Toy Retailers Association and supported by members of the British Toy and Hobby Association.

Look at page 20 for the rest of the story.


Do we need all that packaging?

The rise of online shopping has been nothing short of phenomenal. In fact, research by IMRG Capgemini has revealed that an astounding £133bn was spent online with UK retailers in 2016.

The full article is on page 22.


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