Launching Wednesday March 27th Trowbridge is to have not one but two weekly markets in the Old Town area of the town in Fore Street, to compliment the Indoor Market that takes place six days a week in Castle Place.
The Town Team in partnership with Wiltshire Council will be hosting a Community Market and General Market on a weekly basis on Wednesday’s throughout the year. The new Community Market is looking forward to welcoming traders from farmers’ to smallholders, crafters, bakers, makers and community groups.
We’re especially excited here at Town Team HQ about finding local, social and ethical businesses and as such are designating a percentage of our stalls to new businesses under our Table for a Tenner scheme for three months.
Competition for these spaces is going to be fierce though and we shall be needing a business plan and a commitment of six months from each participant. We shall be offering support for these businesses too and have links to great organisations operating within the County for this such as the Chamber of Commerce and The Fredericks Foundation, so get in touch if you have a new business idea that you think we can help with.
The Town Team sought funding from the Area Board and received support from our MP, Dr Andrew Murrison by becoming Town Team Partners to purchase high quality umbrellas for the market, so all you have to do on the day is bring yourself, your stock and a table to start trading.
You’ll need all legislative requirements such as Public and Product Liability Insurance and if you are a food producer will need to have been checked out by the Environmental Health Department of Wiltshire Council in addition to talking through your business model with Weights and Measures but we can advise you on all of that.
Great sources for those thinking of getting into Market Trading can be found at:
National Market Traders Federation – First Pitch
Want to Join a Market in Trowbridge?
General Market: Markets Team at Wiltshire Council
Indoor Market at Castle Place: Julie Davis Centre ManagerPhoto courtesy of The Wiltshire Times