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Market Trader August 4th, 2017 - In This Week


Extension for popular Christmas Market

A European-style festive event in a Hertfordshire city is gearing for up its busiest year so far after organisers decided to extend the length of time it will operate from 25 to 29 days.

Turn to page 2 for more.


Are you an MBT?

Recent research has revealed the signs to look for when differentiating between a common or garden holidaymaker and a Modern British Traveller (MBT)

Read more on pages 6&7.


First time in profit for Christmas Market

The popular Christmas Market in Lincoln made a profit of £10,282 in 2016, which is the first time a surplus has been achieved in six years, according to the latest financial report.

Page 10 has the full story.


London Chat - Enfield Plans

Plans to bring more trading use to the town’s Market Square form a key component of the recently launched Enfield Town Masterplan at present out to consultation.

See pages 14&15 for more information.


Small businesses miss out on £1.6b

Tech-savvy Brits are adopting and becoming increasingly reliant upon new ways to pay, but small businesses are struggling to keep up with changing consumer demands, research from Barclaycard has found.

Please look at page 19 for the full details.


Work on temporary market hall nears completion

Work on the £2.8m fit-out of a Cheshire town’s temporary market is nearing completion.

Look at page 20 for the rest of the story.


British men march ahead in shoe stakes

Traditionally it was women who had a thing about shoes, but it would seem the times they are a-changin’ . . .

British men now have as many pairs of shoes as their female counterparts, according to recent research by Spartoo.co.uk, an online shoes and clothing retailer.

The full article is on page 22.

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.


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