Words by Paul Chapman.
This month’s cover picture was by Spanish painter Jorge Núñez Segura. Jorge is an illustrator and painter whose work you may have seen on Ladybird books covering Rome, Crete, Greece and Egypt. Jorge came to do the painting of Chesterfield’s market square as he married Janet Webster, a Chesterfield girl he met when she was working in Barcelona for a film company.
Recently named the best UK small indoor market by the British Market Authorities, and with the national ‘Love Your Local Market’ week coming up, there’s never been a better time reacquaint yourself with Chesterfield market.
If you’re thinking of starting up in retail or want to try a new outlet for your products from Monday 19 May to Saturday 24 May Chesterfield Borough Council are offering new traders a stall on Chesterfield Market from £10 per day on the Monday, Friday or Saturday. They will then qualify for a further four stalls at the reduced rate of £10 each*.
Andy Bond from Chesterfield Borough Council’s Regeneration Team explained “it’s the third year the campaign has run. Last year we had 20 new stall holders come and give it and try, four of whom stayed on. One of those, James Parkin came to sell cake decorations and now regularly stands on a Friday, Danny Lowe, who prints and sells T Shirts still stands about once a month. For Sarah Romano it was more about testing out whether she had a product idea that worked. She brought her bespoke party wear and young fashion and stayed with the market for 10 months before moving on to sell through different outlets. The campaign is really about encouraging local entrepreneurs to experience the market environment, test a business model and either take on a regular stall or move elsewhere.”
Starting any new business can be daunting, but the markets committee really want new people to succeed, so are on hand to offer help and advice on setting up the stall, which warehouses to visit, where to go for rails, pegs, bags etc… Experienced market traders such as Nick Ibbotson from Ibbotson’s Fruit and Veg, Brian Towndrow from Derbyshire Workwear and Paul Hind from Top Cards are also offering their help and support by welcoming and mentoring newcomers.
But it’s not just about traders, it’s about encouraging everyone to experience market shopping, supporting the stalls and the traders, it’s an exciting lively place to shop, with the hustle, bustle and banter. And although we’ve not mentioned it for some time, it pumps money more directly into the local economy – supporting people who live and work in Chesterfield (10% independent!).
The Mayor and Mayoress of Chesterfield will open the event at 10.30am on Monday 19 May. There will be entertainment, competitions and prizes throughout the week including a chance to win an iPad. So whether you’re a budding market trader, a loyal market shopper or someone who hasn’t visited the market for a while, why not come along and celebrate what Chesterfield Market has to offer.
On Saturday 24 May there will be a children’s Market where children have the opportunity of a free stall to sell their unwanted toys, books and clothes and experience life as a market trader. There will also be children’s entertainment throughout the day. Please note stalls for Love Your Local Market Week do need to be pre booked.
For further details on Love Your Local Market Week contact Chesterfield Markets Department on 01246 345999 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
*Subject to terms and conditions.
Illustration kindly provided by Alec Turner.