Well this time last year it all seemed like a bit of a pipe dream. The Town Team was started with huge amounts of input from the Town Council and County Town Initiative and together we submitted our bid to Government to become a Portas Pilot.
In this we were unsuccessful but I have to admit to being somewhat relieved ……the thought of Mary Portas charging round town with a film crew in tow was one of the least favourable outcomes…..but one of our key elements in the bid was to set up a weekly outdoor market AND IT STARTS THIS WEEK!
What makes it all the better is that because fo all the focus the Portas Review highlighted around our town centres and High Streets, Wiltshire Council has committed to starting up more markets around the County beginning with Trowbridge. The Markets Team put in a phenomenal amount of work liaising with the public and businesses about what you all wanted from a market in the County Town and the Town Team jumped at the chance of working together with them to bring you one of the largest markets in Wiltshire with capacity for nearly 50 stalls.
Pitches have been snapped up by regular market traders keen to get involved with a town where a new multi-screen cinema and hotel complex is being built. Where the recent opening of both the Civic Centre and Library in County Hall has resulted in renewed interest in the town, leading to higher footfall but we have also had interest from businesses within the town such as traders from the Indoor Market in Castle Place and shopkeepers who want to try out different lines, or just be in a higher traffic area.
Fore Street is the Old Town heart of town and we are delighted that the market is to be held a place so rich in heritage and culture. You are absolutely going to Love Your New Market, so come on down this Wednesday to meet the new traders and support them….. and make a note in your diaries to join us in Fore Street every Wednesday.
We are still taking places for Community Stalls but please remember that we only consider business that are LOCAL, SOCIAL OR ETHICAL. IF this interests you then please apply online HERE!