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Love Your Local Market to hit the high street this month

The third annual Love Your Local Market event will run from 14 to 28 May. 

From Stockton-on-Tees to Southampton, 700 markets across the country are gearing up to showcase all that is great about Britain’s most famous ‘local entrepreneurs’. Love Your Local Market fortnight trading will run from 14 to 28 May 2014.

The third year of the annual celebration was formally launched last week(30 April 2014) by High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis at a reception in Parliament.

Love Your Local Market is the summer fortnight-long celebration of market culture in the UK delivered by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). During the fortnight thousands of pitches in England will be made easily available to budding entrepreneurs, young people and would-be retailers to set up a stall and test out their wares.

In many areas, people will be able to take advantage of the ‘tables for a tenner’ deal where they can turn up on the day and pay just £10 for a stall. Expert advice will also be on hand from ‘market mentors’ with years of experience to offer top tips for success.

So far over 700 markets across England, including 100 youth markets have signed up to hold markets, putting this on course to be the biggest market event ever with over 3,500 events across the country planned. Details of where events are being held can be easily found on the map.

Some of Britain’s biggest business success stories started out at market stalls including household names like Marks and Spencer and Monsoon who ran a stall last year on Portobello Road Market where they first started out.

Speaking at the launch event High Streets Minister Brandon Lewis said:

I’m proud the government is once again backing the Love Your Local Market campaign, which has given hundreds of people a stepping stone to starting their business.

Not so long ago market day was the most important day of the week, central to the local economy, the local community and of course local politics. Markets can once more be at the heart of communities by making them places that people to love to go – to meet, eat and shop.

There’s a growing buzz around dozens of markets around the country which in turn, has helped strengthen the high streets which make up the life blood of our communities.

Further information

  1. Further details can be found on in the downloadable pack on the Love Your Local Market website
  2. Follow all the build up through the Twitter channel and Facebook page
  3. The government is backing the high street with package of support of local shops, launched by the Communities Secretary in December.

Case studies

Table for a tenner

Fleetwood market is offering support for new traders as part of the fortnight. Youth markets and all budding entrepreneurs aged 16 to 20 are offered a reduced rental of £10 per day for an indoor pitch with a discounted rental period of 6 months thereafter for all new traders who continue trading.

Northumberland budding entrepreneurs can get a taste of running an outdoor stall in town centres across Northumberland. Anyone can be considered for a trial stall for a fee of just £10, including high school or college students with a good business idea, those who have just started to trade for a living and retired people looking for a small business interest.

Specialist markets

Stockton’s 700 year old historic market will offer a popular range of specialist markets including farmers’ markets, craft fairs, and vintage clothes with a chance to get a Love Your Local Market bag for life on 28 May.

Youth markets

The Teenage Market, Stockport: will be taking part in the national Love Your Local Market campaign with a pop up event in the Victorian Market Hall of Stockport. There will be over 50 unique creative stalls, live music and dance performances and great food and drink.

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