Date: 22/06/2012 Category: Economic Development
Shoppers in Medway are being encouraged to take a trip down to their local market and discover what’s on offer as national Love Your Local Market fortnight kicks off this Saturday, 23 June.
The two-week campaign, being run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (Nabma), is aimed at encouraging residents to support their local market and giving aspiring traders the opportunity to put their business ideas to the test.
Medway has two bustling local markets based at Strood and Gillingham, both held twice a week, as well as a farmers’ market in Rochester, held on the third Sunday of every month.
And to celebrate, the council has offered budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to try trading at Strood and Gillingham markets for the cut down price of £10 on Saturday, 7 July.
Among those who have signed up to the bargain pitches include traders selling everything from nappy cakes and hand made greetings cards to swimwear, jewellery and cosmetics.
Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, Cllr Jane Chitty, said: “We have two bustling street markets here in Medway and a fantastic farmers market, which each add colour and vibrancy to the town centres.
“This campaign is about showcasing our markets and encouraging more traders to help keep the tradition alive and realise the business potential there is in taking up a market stall.
“With small overheads and relatively low start up costs, market trading is an ideal opportunity to test the market to see what will sell well and is also good for creative types who make or design their own goods.”
Strood Market is held every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am to 3pm at Commercial Road car park.
Gillingham Market is held every Monday and Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm on Gillingham High Street.
Rochester Farmers' Market is held on the third Sunday of every month, 9am to 1pm at Corporation Street car park, Rochester.