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More stalls and more choice as market faces revamp
Shoppers in the Staffordshire town of Tamworth are looking forward to a new-look market which is set to offer new stalls and events. Tamworth Market is to be revamped as part of a new five year vision to create a thriving and vibrant street market that helps support the local town centre. The new-look market has been agreed with events contractors LSD Promotions, who host a variety of high profile markets across different towns in the Midlands area. Tamworth Borough Council's economic development and regeneration team has worked closely with LSD Promotions on a plan that enables the market to appeal to a wider and more diverse audience by adding more choice with a variety of high-quality services and produce. Ideas for the future market will include craft ales, food offerings, antiques, vinyl, retro clothing, arts and crafts stalls, while other ideas include supporting start-up businesses and artisan sellers through new promotional initiatives.
Tamworth aims to establish a leading reputation for having a high-quality street market that draws people to come into the town centre on key days including "Love Your Market", "Small Business Saturday" and other special events. As part of this, there will be will some imminent changes with the introduction of new schemes including a number of key events, which began on Saturday 3 July with the launch day of the new-look stalls. Following key dates include:
Saturday, July 10: Market Open Day - free trading for people who want to try out being a market trader. Saturday, July 17: Young Traders Market - Free stalls available for traders aged between 16-30 years as part of the NMTF's Young Traders Market. A live compere will be at both dates who will be playing music and engaging with shoppers announcing the market and traders, the new look, and also everything Tamworth has to offer. Further dates that will include specialist and festive markets will be confirmed soon.
Councillor Daniel Cook, Tamworth Borough Council's Cabinet Member for Economy and Waste, said: "As part of our ongoing plans to regenerate the town centre, we want the market to have a wider appeal and attract more shoppers and visitors, through an improved offer. This renewed contract has given us the opportunity to develop a new vision for the market that will hopefully give us some of the things people have been asking for, such as a greater variety of stalls and more specialist and niche market events. It will give smaller businesses and sole traders opportunities to test and launch new enterprises in a low-risk environment. We hope people will help us welcome the new market and give their much-needed support to our small business community."