Take a chance to test the market

Morpeth market
Morpeth market

BUDDING market traders can put their sales skills to the test with a special offer on stalls.

Northumberland County Council is offering the chance to try out trading for a tenner as part of the Love Your Local Market campaign.

The initiative will see a limited number of stalls provided at council-run markets across the county for just £10 a day.

Anyone can be considered for a trial stall, whether an enterprising student, retired person looking for a small business interest, those seeking a new experience, or someone considering a career in market trading.

The offer will run during National Market Fortnight, from May 15 to 29, with bookings on a first-come, first-served basis.

Council Head of Neighbourhood Services Andy Rutherford said: “We want our markets in Northumberland to be at the heart of the local community and a community asset contributing to future sustainability.

“We recognise that markets have a key role to play and can be a significant economic driver in the success of a town. Attracting traders is key to keeping our markets healthy and thriving. We want to provide opportunities for new and start-up businesses and we hope that through promoting this initiative we will get more people involved in market trading.”

The £10 charge will cover the pitch and stalls where they are provided by the council. Insurance will also be covered as long as relevant details are provided.

Applicants must not have traded on a Northumberland market in the last 12 months.

Further advice is available from market officers.