Stockport Market has been at the heart of Stockport for more than 750 years and is the only street market in Greater Manchester still trading at its original location.
The importance of Stockport market has become a focus recently, since it was named a key location in Stockport’s winning Portas bid. A consultant from NABMA was retained before Christmas and is working with trader representatives and the Council on an improvement plan. A key element of that plan is improving the food offer to draw new customers to the beautiful Market Place.
Esther Morrison (@FoodfanStockpt) has been tasked with improving the food offer, by bringing in quality food producers, artisan food distributors and street food for gourmands, via discounted incentives to attract new traders.
From 1 March 2014, a new set of pitch incentives will be available to North West food producers and stalls selling gourmet ‘food-to-go’, under a themed scheme called ‘Foodie Friday’. Selected participants will be grouped together in a prime location and they will have access to staged payments to encourage sustainability of their business.
Staged rent incentives & business support for day time food traders starting at £5/day for month 1
£7.50/day for month 2
£10/day for month 3
£12.50/day for month 4
£15/day for month 5 (standard fee for a licensed trader. Casual traders are £17 a day on Fridays)
Temporary (3 month) licenses will be granted subject to trial day and requires a commitment to 3 months’ continuous trading to secure the reduced rate.
On the last Friday of every month #FoodieFriday will run into the evening from 6-9pm, with street food and entertainment for the after-work crowd. Food traders who stand during the day can extend into the late night at no extra charge.
Our aim is to change how people see Stockport Market’s food offer, by improving the quality and quantity of food stalls, encouraging shopping local and sourcing local, attracting a wider shopper demographic and, most importantly, raising the profile of the market as a shopping destination for the many people who work in Stockport Town Centre. Our research has identified this group as a large latent audience for great food and shopping.
Do you think that you, or any of your foodie friends, might be interested in being part of this exciting journey?