Tailored support set to revitalise Mansfield market

June 4, 2014 8:17 am

Mansfield Market Place

Mansfield District Council has introduced a package of measures to help reinvigorate Mansfield market, with the aim of increasing the number and choice of stalls and improving the shopping experience for customers.

The Council, which already has some of the most competitive rent rates in the region, is now offering a number of financial incentives to help existing and new traders.  New traders who stand on the market for four months or more will receive one week’s free rent at the end of each month for four months and traders with more than three stalls will receive 25% off the fourth and subsequent stalls.

Traders can also benefit from a new Trader Referral scheme, which offers them three days of free trading for every new stallholder they introduce to the market who stands for a minimum of four months.  The Council also plans to use some of its Economic Stimulus Fund to revitalise the appearance of the market, which could include replacing the existing stalls with new, more manoeuvrable units and improvements to the food court seating area.

Increased promotion of the market and a programme of events organised by the Council and Mansfield BID will help attract new traders and niche markets and encourage shoppers to the market.  A new trader update has been introduced to help keep traders up-to-date with up-and-coming events, promotions and news and the Council is set to work with traders to identify training opportunities which will help them make their business more successful.

A decision about the layout and number of days that the market operates is expected to be taken later in the year once the results of the recent consultation, which had more than 4,000 responses, have been input and analysed.

Cllr Kate Allsop, Portfolio Holder for Economic Regeneration at Mansfield District Council said: “The success of the market depends on the Council and traders’ ability to change with the moving times.  The Council is using its financial and staffing resources to put together a package of support, which will help us achieve our vision for an active and vibrant market at the heart of our town centre.”

There are also opportunities for funding through Ashfield District Council through the Vacant Shops and Market Stalls grant funding scheme, offering grants to new stall holders on all the outdoor markets across Ashfield and Sutton Indoor Market.  View our online leaflet to find out more and get in touch.

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