Easy foot in the door for new Wyre businesses

Remie BrentBudding market traders are being offered discounted stalls in Fleetwood Market to help them get their business off the ground.

As part of its priority to help kick start more new businesses, market owner Wyre Council has joined the Love Your Local Market (LYLM) campaign and will provide up to six successful applicants with discounted pitches of just £10 a day for a 6 month trial.

Love Your Local Market is a national campaign celebrating and supporting British markets and this year runs from 17 to 31 May.

Julian Brent, market manager at Wyre Council, says: “We know there are people out there with exciting business ideas but the uncertainty and cost of getting started, combined with continuity of trade beyond the first year usually proves too daunting. The Love Your Local Market offer is easy in easy out route to business and makes it simpler for anyone to have a go at being self-employed.”

Those market traders who wish to continue trading at the market after this trial period will be encouraged to do so with mentoring and support from the market manager.

For more information contact Julian Brent on 01253 887650 or email him at Julian.brent@wyre.gov.uk

Fleetwood market is a busy, traditional market and one of the oldest in Lancashire boasting over 200 stalls. There’s something for everyone from clothing to food, household goods to jewellery.

The market is open from 9am – 4.30pm every Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday PLUS bank holidays and on Tram Sunday.

LYLM is a celebration of market culture in the UK. Since 2012 over 1000 markets have staged nearly 7000 events during the festival and pledged over 10000 pitches to start-ups to test trade. More information can be found on their website.