Newcastle’s historic market is one of more than 300 markets across the country taking part in a “Love Your Local Market” campaign inspired by Mary Portas’ report on the future of our High Streets.
The initiative is to take place between 23 June and 8 July and is being backed by the Government and the Markets Alliance.
As part of the campaign, shoppers using Newcastle market will be able to enter a draw with a chance to win £100. There will be a prize for both the first week and the second week.
Also, on Saturday 23 June, shoppers will be entertained by the “Sheriff of Staffordshire” as he apprehends suspected pickpockets and thieves around the market. The Sheriff will also talk about the days when the market was granted its charter.
The Civic Society will be in town celebrating the history of the market with a family quiz, based on the town centre Heritage Trail, and a children’s trail around the Guildhall.
In addition, on Wednesday 27 June, between 11am and 2pm, Newcastle Enterprise Coach Gemma Kirkland, from Business Enterprise Support, will be at the market to give advice and tips to budding entrepreneurs about how to get their own business up and running.
Gemma’s role covers Stoke and urban Newcastle and she is keen to talk to people about as many potential new start-ups as possible. She will also tell interested parties about the Enterprise Club scheme run in the borough which provides another very useful resource for fledgling businesses.
The “Love Your Local Market” campaign aims to attract new market traders and also aims to highlight the importance that markets play in the heart of the local community, not only for retail but as a valuable community asset.
Cabinet member and portfolio holder for planning, regeneration and town centres development, Cllr Eddie Boden, said,” This is an exciting nationwide initiative and one which we support wholeheartedly. Throughout our history the market has been key to Newcastle’s development and it will continue to be one of our priorities.”
“I hope that anyone who wants to start their own business in the borough or run their own market stall in Newcastle will seize this opportunity to get the help that they need. “
As part of a of a £1.2 million package to improve Newcastle’s town centre the market will benefit form the installation of new stalls and an altered layout that will see pitches moved from lower High Street to Hassell Street, allowing easier access for shoppers.
Details of the Love Your Local Market fortnight and other town centre events can be found at www.lovenewcastleul.co.uk