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Trader for a tenner offer at market

By Herald Express  |  Posted: June 28, 2012

MARKET OFFER: Teignbridge Council leader Jeremy Christophers, Newton Abbot town development manager Sally Henley and Glyn Newport, of Mr Biscuits

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WOULD-BE market traders can try out life on a stall as Newton Abbot gears up for a major campaign.

Anyone who fancies giving market trading a try can 'trade for a tenner' in Newton Abbot's popular market on Tuesday.

The day is part of the 'Love Your Local Market' fortnight, already under way to raise awareness of local markets across the country and encourage more people to give trading a try.

Newton Abbot's popular markets celebrated with a mega-market last Saturday, extending the normal markets all the way in to Courtenay Street.

On Tuesday, anybody can give market trading a go by booking an outdoor market stall for £10. The offer is designed to give small traders a taste of market life and help encourage them to take on a regular stall.

Organisers are hoping the event could be the first step for businesses looking to thrive in Newton Abbot.

The town has a history of helping traders develop through its markets and growing their businesses. Teignbridge Council's leader Cllr Jeremy Christophers said: "Newton Abbot's markets are home to a huge range of enterprises run by people who have embraced the entrepreneurial spirit and set out to succeed.

"Despite the economic doom and gloom, Newton Abbot has resisted the recession well, with regular bustling market days. For our part, we've concentrated on some simple, intelligently applied ideas to help us invest where we need to and make things easier for shoppers and traders.

"We're really pleased to be offering everyone the opportunity to give it a go and trade for a tenner. Our outdoor markets are always popular, and we hope this opportunity will be the first step towards new traders creating more local success stories."

It is an idea supported by local traders.

Glyn Newport, of Mr Biscuits, said: "The farmers' market was a great place to test the business out on local shoppers. The opportunity of a stall for a tenner will help anybody considering starting a business."

To trade for £10, book by calling Mick Ford on 01626 215426 or email mick.ford@teignbridge.gov.uk.

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