Borough launches new market boost

Ipswich Market. Ipswich Market.

Paul Geater paul.geater@archant.co.uk
Tuesday, December 31, 2013
9:00 AM

A new scheme to inject more variety into Ipswich Market and give a boost to fledging businesses is being launched early in the new year.

To send a link to this page to a friend, you must be logged in.

The “Just for Starters” promotion will give entrepreneurs the opportunity to trade on the Market free of charge for up to six weeks.

A gazebo will be erected ready for the new trader to lay out their stock, ready for a day’s trading.

During the six-week “Just for Starters” promotion, the applicant will be able to access business advice from Menta the Suffolk Enterprise Agency based at Ip-City Centre.

At the end of the six-week period, the applicant will then be offered a regular pitch at a discounted rate for a further six weeks.

Laticia Van Sertima will be the first occupant on the Just For Starters market stall starting in January.

Her stall will be packed with handmade jewellery and soaps, gift sets and ethnic bags.

She said: “I applied for the ‘Just for Starters’ market stall as I’ve recently opened my on-line business and wanted to showcase and sell my projects on the high street.

“Obviously the cost of a retail unit is very high so a market stall is the next best thing. I love meeting new people and the market will enable me to do just that.

“In the future I would love to have my own shop but in the meantime I am happy to be building up my business day to day on a market stall.”

Ipswich councillor with responsibility for economic development Carole Jones said: “This is our latest programme to help new entrepreneurs in the town centre and follows other campaigns we have undertaken in our shopping centres.

“We wish Laticia every success in her new venture and hope it helps put her firmly on the retail business ladder.”

The new scheme at Ipswich market follows the council’s starter scheme it operated in the town’s shopping centres which encouraged entrepreneurs to open shop units on a trial basis to test the market.

6 comments

  • Another eyesore. Why can't it be located in LLoyds Avenue. I don't know why they put up a Christmas tree, you could hardly see it amongst the shanty town. The Cornhill is a gem that is being wasted.

    Report this comment

    m01

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • I'm not against having a Market but not there. If it not Lloyds Avenue then what about the Corn Exchange and King Street and Giles Circus

    Report this comment

    m01

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • First I like the market and the people who man the stalls, you can pick up good fruit and veg (we are always being told to shop local) and a variety of odds and ends. But the stall holders and those that run the market must accept that 1. Leaving at 4pm and leaving a pile of rubbish in the middle of the Town is unaceptable. Especialy on late night pre christmas shopping nights. It realy was an eysore. Town is open untill 6 and 9 on the 4 Thursdays before Xmas then the market should be open too. 2. We need more stalls. At times we have 2 fruit and veg stalls, 2 mobile burger vans and maybe one other stall. How you encourage more I am not sure, cheap rents, maybe Zero pitch rates, encourage pop up small shops with better enclosed sites like Norwich but we do need to do something. Maybe have the visiting market we had in December more often and link it with the main markt in the town centre rather than using it as a vehicle to drag people down Queens St as the an excuse to have that area paved over in the future. Look after what you have first before looking at fancy new schemes. 3. IBC is January the best time when everybody is recovering from Christmas spending to be encouraging small start up retail businesses. Maybe OctNov for the Xmas rush would have been better ? Finally on the Christmas Tree issue. It was not the stall holders fault that somebody at IBC thought it a good idea to put a six foot wooden fence around the tree. Yes I know if it's open drunk people try to climb it, but it's their own look out. Make the tree robust and strong enough to withstand a bit of climbing and if they fall off and break something it's their own fault. Otherwise really don't bother as this year it was a waste, if I want to look at fencing I'll go to B&Q.

    Report this comment

    The Ginge

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • Until IBC realise that the Market makes the Town centre look cheap they will struggle to improve those areas that are struggling . They must encourage big business and allowing people to trade in a tent for a few quid a week selling cheap stuff is hardly going to help . We do not shop in Ipswich at all now , it is sad but the market is an eyesore and a messy area . It encourages people with little to spend to come into the town rather than encouraging those with plenty of money into the town . Ever since the market has been on the cornhill the town centre has struggled , is there a link ?

    Report this comment

    Poppys Dad

    Wednesday, January 1, 2014

  • I'm all in favour of this - we need a "mixed" market which includes more "craft" and "upmarket" items as well as the fruit and veg. etc. But I am slightly concerned that mixed messages are being given out by IBC - on the one hand we are encouraging new traders, on the other hand they are questioning the whole use of the Cornhill. I for one want the market to stay there as it is the life and heart of the town, however I also want it to be better. Why can't they have a "different" type of craft and collectibles market on (say) a Tuesday when the regular market isn't on? This seems to work well in some places.

    Report this comment

    Baptist Trainfan

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

  • It's good to see something being done to build up the market. Compare what we have in Ipswich to the fantastic market in Bury and it's clear that despite being a much bigger town, we're missing out. But a stall selling "handmade jewellery and soaps"? We need something better than stalls selling nothing but third-rate tat.

    Report this comment

    beerlover

    Tuesday, December 31, 2013

The views expressed in the above comments do not necessarily reflect the views of this site

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

loading...

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT