Love Your Local Market is a nationwide campaign designed to promote our local traders and shopping locally. With the fortnight now underway we focus on everything that’s going on down at Accrington Market Hall, including the welcome boost of new traders opening up for business and a special council offer designed to encourage traders. Jon Macpherson reports
Accrington Market Hall bosses say the shopping area is bucking the poor economic climate with three new traders opening up for business.
Town centre traders have also been given a shot in the arm by the announcement of Heritage Lottery backing for a £2m regeneration of the town centre, including restoration of shop fronts, and repair of historic buildings.
Voluntary organisation SALUTE, offering advice and assistance for armed forces veterans, moved into the Market Hall earlier this week.
A new curry stall with a cafe opened last month, and another unit selling handbags and accessories is expected to be open for business soon.
Coun Clare Pritchard, who is cabinet member for town centres, wants the indoor market to become a hub for the local community.
Coun Pritchard said: “Accrington Market Hall is going from strength to strength with the proposed injection of Heritage Lottery cash and new traders moving in, filling it almost to capacity. It’s also the focus of a range of community activities and events which bring people into the town centre as well as the Market Hall.
“We are pleased to welcome the new traders who include a new curry stall, handbags and ladies accessories, green cleaning products, aromatherapy, and furniture, complementing the products and great local friendly service already on offer.”
As part of the Love Your Local Market campaign, which runs until May 29, Hyndburn council is offering incentives for existing and prospective businesses to make it easy and cost effective to have a go at trading.
They are offering trade on Tuesday, Friday and Saturday markets free of charge during the campaign. On Sundays throughout this month, traders can buy one stall and get a second free of charge as part of the council’s May special offer. Reduced stall rents are also being offered as part of special offers in June and July.
Council leader Coun Miles Parkinson encouraged people to support their local markets.
He said: “Our local markets are great places to buy quality goods and produce from friendly local independent traders. Please come along and show your support for your local market, or maybe have a go at market trading with one of the special offers.”