Market traders continue to be loyal despite difficult times for retail

Market traders continue to be loyal despite difficult times for retail

BORDER COPYRIGHT SHROPSHIRE STAR STEVE LEATH 21/10/2022..Pictured at Oswestry Market Hall, Prime Minister Vox. Pictured: Debbie Horne from Honeycomb Cottage Kitchen and Margaret Smith.

The city has held a market charter for more than 700 years and is very proud of its market history.

They are operated by Oswestry Town Council.

A report from a recent local council meeting showed that in 2022/23 an average of almost 19 traders per week were at the Wednesday outdoor market, compared to 17 the previous year.

The open-air Saturday market saw an average of just over 14 traders per week, compared to just over 15 per week last year.

Only on the artists’ market did the numbers drop slightly from just over 19 to 18 dealers per week.

Councilors were told the rent was not increased for the year and still included 50p per trader for market promotion.

In his Markets and Events Manager report, David Clough said special incentives included a free rental week for traders who attended for four consecutive weeks.

He said: “Overall, it has proved to be a difficult retail year to cope with both the fallout from the Covid-19 pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn, however there were still many positive things to think about.”

“The markets have a special events budget of £5,750 for all market events taking place throughout the year, with Easter Fun Day being the most popular.

“A family friendly event held on Good Friday at Bailey Head consisting of children’s rides, Easter hunts and other free entertainment.”

Other market events include two charity markets, participation in heritage open days, a youth market and a Halloween market.

“We also have an annual garden event and craft market in May.”

“Apple Day is also a popular mid-market event aimed at promoting home growing and healthy eating with the apple as the central theme. This event is supported by local community groups CROP and Gardening Society. All of these events are well received by visitors and dealers alike and are important in attracting traffic and positivity in our markets.”

The municipality recently installed solar panels on the roof of the market hall.

“In 2022 Oswestry’s indoor market welcomed many new quality retailers.

“After ten successful years in the indoor market, Siop Cwlwm moved to Bailey Street in November to further expand his business. This is a perfect example of why markets are great to start a business from, building a brand and customer base to a city center.”

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