Give trading a try for a tenner

Mary Portas

Medway Council is giving aspiring entrepreneurs the chance to try their hand at running a market stall for the knock down price of just £10.

Medway’s budding business talent will be able to snap up the bargain pitches at Strood and Gillingham markets on Saturday, 7 July as part of the Love Your Local Market campaign.

The campaign, which will run for a fortnight from 23 June until 8 July, is aimed at encouraging residents to support their local market and giving people the opportunity to put their business ideas to the test.

It comes after high street guru Mary Portas published a report for the Government on revitalising Britain’s High Streets, in which she highlighted the importance of markets in helping businesses grow.

Medway has two bustling local markets based at Strood and Gillingham, both held twice a week, as well as a farmers’ market in Rochester, held on the third Sunday of every month.

Around 20 pitches – 10 at each of Gillingham and Strood markets- will be up for grabs for the cut down price of £10 on 7, July. To be in with a chance of bagging one, applicants need to get in touch with Medway Council by Monday, 11 June.

Pitches won’t be available to stalls selling food, but if you are interested in seeing how your home grown, local produce sells, £10 stalls will also be available Rochester Farmer’s Market on Sunday, 15 July.

Medway Council’s Portfolio Holder for Strategic Development and Economic Growth, Cllr Jane Chitty, said: “We have two bustling street markets here in Medway and a fantastic farmers market, which each add colour and vibrancy to the town centres.

“This campaign is about showcasing our markets and encouraging more traders to help keep the tradition alive.

“With small overheads and relatively low start up costs, market trading is an ideal opportunity to test the market to see what will sell well and is also good for creative types who make or design their own goods.

“This is a great chance for Medway’s budding entrepreneurs to get a taste for business and challenge themselves and I’d encourage them to give it a go.”

Strood Market is held every Tuesday and Saturday, 9am to 3pm at Commercial Road car park.

Gillingham Market is held every Monday and Saturday, 9am to 4.30pm on Gillingham High Street.

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