Organisers of the Hailsham Street Market are encouraging local small businesses to give trading at the market a try, whether they are experienced traders or a first-time, budding entrepreneurs who would like to sell their wares to new customers.
Hailsham Street Market, organised by the Town Council, takes place in Vicarage Field on Saturdays from 8.30am to 1.30pm, and items on sale include selling locally produced items such as food, as well as and unique gifts, crafts, confectionery and more.
Some of the local producers operating at the new market already sell goods in other local markets in the southeast.
The continuation of the Hailsham Street Market, which was launched in August 2013, is just one of many projects being carried out by the Town Council’s Communities Committee, aimed at improving retail opportunities locally and increasing footfall within the town.
Furthermore, the Communities Committee agreed last year to reduce the cost of having a market stall from £25 to £15 for traders, in order to increase pitch take-up at the markets.
“I’m delighted that Hailsham Street Market continues to operate,” said Deputy Town Clerk & Business Enterprise Manager Mickey Caira. “It goes without saying that we have seen a decline in trading activity since the start of the Covid-19 pandemic, as has been the case for many street markets across the southeast and nationally.”
“Furthermore, whilst Hailsham has seen some growth in terms of the number of new shops and other businesses opening here over the past year, the market has not shared in this growth.”
“The acquisition of new stallholders is our main aim for the rest of the year and 2022, and part of our work in terms of helping with local economic recovery, we are keen to support local businesses and new traders the chance to sell their goods in the town centre at our street market.”
“By supporting local producers, growers, suppliers and offering them the opportunity to sell locally – markets are an ideal way of showcasing the diverse range of products available in Hailsham and, as well as calling out for new traders to benefit from selling at the market, I’d encourage shoppers to come down to Vicarage Field on Saturdays and support independent trade.”
Pitch hire for the street market costs £15 per market. To book a stall call 01323 841702, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.hailshamstreetmarket.org for more information and to access the market trader application forms.
Terry Hall, Communications Officer
Hailsham Town Council, Market Street, Hailsham, East Sussex, BN27 2AE
Telephone: 01323 841702 | Email: email@example.com