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Market Trader July 21st, 2017 - In This Week


Market will stay open

It will be business as usual for a market hall in the county town of Shropshire, despite some significant upcoming disruptions.

Turn to page 2 for more.


Traders moved from historic arcade

Traders in a Victorian arcade in a Greater Manchester town have been told to close down their stalls.

Read more on page 3.


Market Reflections - Operational thoughts

If you listen to Tony Blair and his ilk, you’d think that Freedom of Information was a modern thing. Not by a long chalk. Go back 110 years and your local council published a complete list of ex-employees’ pension payments. Tender bids for the supply of everything were printed in the local rag and avidly monitored by all concerned. Archived a few feet from where I’m typing this are a number of cuttings from local papers of 100 year ago and more going something like this. “Loamshire County Council Tenders For The Supply Of One Ten Ton Steam Roller: Marshall & Sons £475, Charles Burrell and Co £475, Clayton & Shuttleworth £475 Wallis & Steevens £475, Aveling & Porter £395. The bid of Aveling & Porter was accepted.” No shock there perhaps – but look again. Yes, all the others were the same. Not accidental. Roller makers had formed themselves into a ring in order that one of their number got the right commercial price. It was Aveling’s turn. Simples.

Pages 6&7 have the full story.


BOOM Awards showcase top organic products

Winners of the Soil Association’s prestigious BOOM (Best of the Organic Market) Awards were announced earlier this month at a ceremony in London’s renowned Borough Market.

See page 10 for more information.


London Chat - Camden Lock Trades On

As this column is written the Chat can report that despite the widely reported fire at Camden Lock Market the gaff was able to open as normal on the following day.

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


Investment in the future

The future of a Greater Manchester market has been secured thanks to a £30,000 investment.

Look at page 19 for the rest of the story.


July is Independent Retailer Month

Independent Retailer Month is a campaign that runs annually throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole.

The full article is on page 20.

Market Trader July 7th, 2017 - In This Week


Little cheer at Windermere

A dramatic rise in the price of a stall at a Cumbrian Christmas market has resulted in bewildered traders threatening to boycott this year’s event.

Turn to page 2 for more.


A MOMENT IN TIME - Cambridge

Situated on the River Cam (hence the name of course) approximately 50 miles north of London, Cambridge is a university city and the county town of Cambridgeshire.

Read more on page 6.


Brits take to touch and go

Contactless is now the favoured way to pay for British shoppers as spending leaps 34 percent since the start of 2017

Page 7 has the full story.


Happy and healthy at Fleetwood Market

Leading up to this year’s Tram Sunday and Spare Parts festival on Sunday 16 July, Fleetwood Market is hosting a number of exciting arts performances and activities.

See page 10 for more information.


London Chat - NABMA Seminar Markets and Fairs

Well, after seventeen years covering Markets and Fairs I can, at last, say I’ve met the oracle. No less than Mr Pease and Chitty. Yes they are one man, ex judge now barrister again, Edward Cousins author of the latest edition of the Toby’s vade mecum. Author also of the even more substantial tome on Commons and Gardens – which only goes to show just how much law we have in this land.

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


Retirement doesn’t mean a rest for Durham trader

John Oxley, a familiar face to shoppers in a North East county town’s market hall for 16 years, has decided to make music his hobby rather than his business, having retired from the indoor event at the end of last month.

Look at page 19 for the rest of the story.


New market manager “comes home”

A new manager has been appointed to run Liverpool’s St Johns Market – 25 years after he had a life changing moment there.

The full article is on page 20.


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