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More cash on course for Newgate market in York


11:13am 29th June 2012

City of York Council is taking part in a national scheme to promote local markets by offering discounted rates on market stalls, to coincide National Market fortnight  (Saturday 23 June to Sunday 8 July).

The aim of the scheme is to attract new market traders, whilst also showing that markets are a valuable community asset.

As part of the campaign City of York Council markets team is offering special deals for both existing traders and new stall holders during the National Market fortnight period.

Cllr Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“One of the council’s key priorities is to create jobs and grow the economy, and York’s markets are a great way for people to start new businesses.

“Mark & Spencers, Tesco and Morrisons all started as market stalls, so they’re a great opportunity to start a career. This campaign gives people the chance to have a go at market trading, and see where it takes them.”

Existing stall holders can get five visits for only £5 each in addition to their regular day, whilst new stall holders can get a stall for only £1 per day during the period, with one available per day on a first come basis during the period.

The campaign links in with Market Enterprise, a scheme jointly run with Future Prospects since 2011, which champions enterprise though supporting new traders in testing out the market and their ideas.

Trader, Terry Horton, who came through the scheme and is now trading independently in the Newgate Market area, and said:

“It was a really good way of trying out my business ideas in a low risk environment, and I have discovered that there is a real demand for niche hand made products within the craft market that really appeal to both residents and tourists alike.”

This initiative is part of a commitment to invest in the city centre by the council, as it looks to maximise the opportunities which flow from the government funded initiatives such as Superconnected cities and the Portas review pilot, with partners across the city

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