With the Love Your Local Market now in full swing, local markets are once again finding their popularity rise within local communities. Love Your Local Market is a celebration and collaboration of market cultures which, this year, is being held from 13th to 27th May in the UK. After an independent review produced by Mary Portas calling for a ‘National Market Day’ to celebrate markets and the positive effects they have on community life, an annual Love Your Local Market fortnight was launched as an alternative, thus ensuring that all markets would be able to take place.
This year, many activities are being organised up and down the country, with the fortnight proving to be a highlight in many local communities’ calendar.
The launch of prefabricated market stalls
UK Kiosks, together with sister company Rapid Retail, are encouraging town councils and market managers to get in touch to discuss the possible use of our prefabricated market stalls. Launched at the end of last year and used by Ben & Jerry's Ice cream at Camden Market and at the Shambles Market in Parliament Square, York, prefabricated market stalls are secure, portable and suitable for all weather conditions. With flexible financial terms available, the kiosks offer councils an affordable way to encourage startups, attract new customers, smarten up their streets and provide excellent trading conditions for local traders.
In 2014, there were more than 920 markets taking part in the Love Your Local Market campaign, putting on over 7,000 events. The campaign also encourages entrepreneurship and, since its inception in 2012, the markets industry has pledged over 10,000 pitches to new traders. Other countries that take place include Spain, France, Holland and Italy.
Some of the highlights from last year’s event in the UK included:
- The Vintage Market at the Market Place in Kingston upon Thames. Traders have been selling their wares at this location since 1170 and continue to do so to this day. The open day of the vintage market saw a variety of new stalls, including those in the arts, crafts and food sectors.
- Standing tall above the crowds at the LYLM day in Market Square, Northampton stilt walking bugs entertained the many visitors, together with comedy waiters and balloon artists. To encourage startup vendors, new traders were offered free pitches for the day.
- Darlington welcomed 40 traders into the town and had a two week long celebration that took place alongside the Distinctly Delicious Darlington Festival of Food. The atmosphere was enjoyed by all with the town being full of entertainment such as circus performers, stilt walkers and fire eaters.
Are prefabricated market stalls for you?
Why not revamp your town centre and community as a whole with our affordable prefabricated market stalls? We offer designs that are attractive, stylish and practical and are intended to improve the look and feel of the area. Do give us a call on 01905 613850 for more details.