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Market Trader May 12th, 2017 - In This Week


Not if, but when

An indoor market in Essex has been promised a revamp by council chiefs – they’re just not sure when it will happen.

Turn to page 3 for more.


Love Your Local Market

This year’s Love Your Local Market promotion launches on May 17 and runs until May 31, and it looks set to be the biggest and best campaign yet.

Read more on pages 6&7.


Preston development progresses

The £3m redevelopment of Preston Market is well under way and in a few months’ time there will be a brand new glazed indoor market hall in the heart of the city, local media reports.

Page 10 has the full story.


London Chat - By Roger Mills

London Markets Board Launched - Well at long last there is some action on the much talked about London Markets Board with the announcement by Sadiq Khan of plans to recruit a team of industry experts and business leaders to help “preserve and grow London’s vibrant markets”.

See pages 14&15 for more information.


LYLM: Who’s doing what

People in Middlesbrough considering starting a new business, or switching to running a business full time, can apply for a free unit for a week’s trial period in Dundas Indoor Market, as part of the town’s contribution to the Love Your Local Market campaign.

Please look at page 19 for the full details.


Most Brits prefer small businesses

A recent survey by Liberis, a UK alternative finance provider, reveals that eight out of ten consumers plan to use independent businesses in preference to larger businesses this year. The survey was commissioned by Liberis to discover current consumer attitudes towards small businesses.

Look at page 20 for the rest of the story.


Selfies help boost make-up sales

IRI data shows thicker brows and contouring put make-up in top beauty spot

The so-called ‘selfie generation’ is helping to drive up sales of cosmetics, according to figures from IRI, a leading provider of big data and predictive analytics for retailers and suppliers.

The full article is on page 22.

Market Trader April 28th, 2017 - In This Week


Fury over fun fair

Struggling traders in a County Durham town were furious following the erection of a large fairground attraction which they say obscured the covered market.

Turn to page 2 for more.


Launch of register of approved wholesalers

April 1 this year marked the launch of an online service that will allow those who purchase alcohol for onward sale to check that their UK wholesaler is approved under the Alcohol Wholesale Registration Scheme (AWRS).

Read more on page 3.


MARKET REFLECTIONS - Reading the runes

In a spate of statistical reports, I nearly said mixed messages, coinciding with the Easter break the headline seemed to focus on another decline in overall UK retail sales, down 1.0% on a like-for-like basis from March 2016. Food showed a rise but non food continued its, seemingly years long, sluggish performance, over the three months to March down 1.1% on a like-for-like basis and 0.8% on a total basis. Online non food sales grew 7.4% while in-store sales declined by 3.0%. Price wise, overall tickets showed a fall of 0.8% in March led again by non food, this despite food costs edging up by 2.0% (fresh up 0.9% ambient up 1.3%).

Pages 6&7 have the full story.


Trader’s ingenious parking plan

A trader in a County Durham town has come up with an ingenious way to encourage people to shop local: he is offering to pay for their parking.

See page 10 for more information.


LONDON CHAT - About Turn at Berwick

Westminster City Council has announced that ‘after careful consideration’ it has decided not to go ahead with plans to bring in a private market operator to take over running Soho’s Berwick Street Market on its behalf.

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


New era for Scarborough Market Hall

The new look Scarborough Market Hall and Vaults was formally unveiled to the public on Friday April 21, the 91st birthday of Queen Elizabeth II. The unveiling was carried out by the Mayor of the Borough of Scarborough, Cllr Simon Green, following the completion of a major £2.8m refurbishment project.

Look at page 19 for the rest of the story.


Brand new branding for market

Art students in a County Durham town have been tasked with coming up with a potential new identity for its indoor market.

The full article is on page 20.


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