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Market Trader February 15th, 2019 - In This Week


1

Support needed for ailing market

Shoppers in a Lincolnshire town are being urged to support their market after very few stalls have been set up since Christmas.

Turn to page 2 for more.


2

Steady as she goes at Toy Fair

‘There’s nothing new under the sun’. ‘Always hold on tight to nurse for fear of finding something worse’. ‘We get older but the audience stays the same age’. All three of those sayings repeatedly ran through my mind like one of those cheap LED banner ad displays.

Read more on page 6.


3

New online shopping service

Independent retailers and businesses in a Hertfordshire town are joining forces to fight back against the online shopping giants and the potential demise of the high street, in a bid to encourage residents to shop locally.

Page 10 has the full story.


4

Great British Market Awards 2019

A number of markets from across the UK have been celebrating their success in the national Great British Market Awards, the winners of which were announced at a ceremony at Birmingham’s Council House on January 31.

See page 14 for more information.


5

Traders plagued by break-ins

Repeated break-ins at a North Lincolnshire market have left one trader out of business and others concerned for their future.

Please look at page 19 for the full details.


6

Hope for the high street

Julian Fisher, CEO of shopping app company, jisp, and founder of Love My Shop Day, explains why he believes the high street is so important

Look at page 20 for the rest of the story.


7

Bargains before schoolbooks

New research reveals that that Brits would rather live near to a budget supermarket than a good school

The full article is on page 22.



Market Trader February 1st, 2019 - In This Week


1

Traders highlight parking issue

Traders at a well known North East indoor market claim a lack of parking spaces is putting shoppers off visiting the facility.

Turn to page 2 for more.


2

Looking ahead

It is strange to be sitting down writing this column – important to me and perhaps to my readers but essentially niche – when London is playing host to our lame-duck Prime Minister’s attempts to get some kind of cross-party agreement on a solution to the mess she has got herself into.

Read more on page 6.


3

Historic market under the spotlight

At a meeting last month to discuss ways of improving the outdoor market in Cambridge it was claimed that the site turns into a “public toilet” at night, local media has reported.

Page 10 has the full story.


4

Spring Fair is back for 2019!

Spring Fair to break new ground in 2019 as the UK’s all-encompassing sourcing marketplace for home and gift

See page 12 for more information.


5

Shoppers will spend less this year says survey

Consumers plan to curb their spending on a range of products and activities in 2019 according to new research from leading audit, tax and consulting firm RSM.

Please look at page 14 for the full details.


6

Nearly right!

‘Puggy’ Linfoot my old history teacher and staunch Labourite filled us in one day on the origin of various taxes that didn’t quite work as parliament intended. Most will have heard of the Window Tax (the origin its said of the expression ‘daylight robbery’) but equally misguided was the Brick Tax, the Wig Tax and perhaps most recently here the Community Charge known, despite Thatcherite protestations to the contrary, as the Poll Tax. All with unintended consequences as invariably seemingly for ever politicians don’t seem to think things through. Astonishing as even at 14 most of us under Puggy’s sardonic gaze were able to guess what happened after each example he trotted out.

Look at page 18 for the rest of the story.


7

Improvements needed for markets

According to a council report a mid-week market in a Cambridgeshire town has plunged in popularity, local media has reported.

The full article is on page 26.


 

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