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Market Trader September 27th, 2019 - In This Week


New plan to revive market

An action plan to breath new life into a struggling Essex market includes an extra trading day per week, reduced fees for stallholders and a potential new location.

Turn to page 2 for more.


Rent row at Wards Corner

Wards Corner has hit local headlines again with news that traders have been issued with notices of rent rises allegedly as high as 28 per cent from the start of this month.

Read more on page 6.


Market profits from new strategy

An indoor market in a Greater Manchester town has received a shot in the arm as a result of a new strategy and a programme of events to help draw in customers, local media has reported.

Page 10 has the full story.


UK Markets can do their bit to help stop animal suffering.

The UK banned fur farming in 2000 on the grounds of public morality and the use of the barbaric steel jawed leghold trap – one of the main methods used to catch animals in the wild for their fur in Russia and North America- has been outlawed in Britain for more than 50 years.

See page 12 for more information.


More than a third of retailers unprepared for the future

New research has found that a worrying number of retailers are not actively preparing for the future, with 35 percent admitting to having no business transformation strategy in place for the rise of digital technology and changing consumer habits.

Please look at page 14 for the full details.


Market-boosting plans

A number of options are being considered by a West Yorkshire council in a bid to boost trader and shopper numbers at its markets.

Look at page 19 for the rest of the story.


Works won’t affect traders

Stallholders in a Flintshire town were pleased to learn that they would continue to trade whilst work is underway to improve their high street.

The full article is on page 20.

Market Trader September 13th, 2019 - In This Week


Security camera for market place

Surveillance is being upgraded in a Nottinghamshire town as part of an ongoing plan to reduce crime and anti-social behaviour.

Turn to page 2 for more.


A newbie bites the dust

Hounslow Market is to close at the end of this month, despite the fact that a council town centre progress document seen by the Chat calls the event a ‘completed improvement co-funded by the Outer London Fund and Hounslow Council’.

Read more on page 6.


Manchester Christmas dates confirmed

It won’t be too long before the aromas of mulled wine, toasted waffles and German sausage will be noticeable in Manchester’s city centre streets, as the Christmas Markets come back to town.

Page 10 has the full story.


We need ‘nowstalgia’

In July the national town centre vacancy rate was 10.3%, the highest since January 2015. But with High Street footfall down by 2.7% leading to a three-month average decline of 4.0% maybe these figures should some as no surprise.

See page 14 for more information.


Pocket park pays off

An extended period of roadworks could have been a headache for retailers in the county town of Shropshire, but the creation of a ‘pocket park’ turned potential hardship into a boost for business.

Please look at page 20 for the full details.


Don’t throw it, sew it

To mark the annual day when humanity has officially used up more than Nature can replenish in that year (Earth Overshoot Day), new research by sustainable fashion brand, Thought, has investigated why we don’t fix things anymore.

Look at page 22 for the rest of the story.


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