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Action for Market Towns Awards 2011: Make it Your Market, Huntingdon

By • May 3rd, 2011 • Category: Awards

Set up your pitch with the Make it your Market programme

Make it your market, HuntingdonThe Make it your Market programme combines free advice on how to set up your own market trader business with discounts on market stall pitches and the free loan of market stall equipment. It offers tailormade start-up advice for potential market traders and removes barriers.

If you’re interested in starting a market stall business you can attend a 3 hour workshop, completely free of charge. The workshop covers how to plan, structure, research and set up a market stall business as well as the nitty gritty of tax, national insurance and VAT.  Participants get tips on how best to display goods, look after customers and find additional advice and support for a new business.

Meet the traders
These workshops are led by Business Link but staff from the council’s operations department attend them too as do existing market traders to give potential traders a real flavour of what market trading is all about, let them get to know the market managers and fellow traders personally and offer them very practical tips such as what to wear in the depths of winter!

Participants in any of the workshops qualify for a number of discounted pitch fees at certain markets in Huntingdon, Ramsey and St Ives. They also qualify for the free loans of market stall equipment – marquee and table.

Over the last 12 months the Make it your Market programme ran 5 workshops for a total of 30 potential traders.

Make it Your Market won the Business and Economy category of the East Action for Market Towns Awards.

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