New traders join Bolsover Market relaunch

National Market Traders Federation mentor and market trader Keeley Flint with Shane Darbey at Bolsover Market where new traders joined the market's relaunch.
National Market Traders Federation mentor and market trader Keeley Flint with Shane Darbey at Bolsover Market where new traders joined the market's relaunch.
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Twelve new market traders have been preparing perfect pitches with the re-launch of the historic Bolsover Market.

The fledgling business owners recently completed the UK’s first and only specialist market trading master classes.

They unveiled stalls on Friday on Bolsover Market Place.

Bolsover was granted a market charter by Henry III in 1225 and market days are still held there on Tuesdays and Fridays with stalls ranging from fishmongers to flowers.

Following construction to upgrade the town centre, Bolsover markets have been re-launched to welcome new traders.

Albert Burton, 59, unveiled his hand-made bespoke jewellery business Beautiful & Precious.

He said: “Following a home move to Bolsover 18 months ago, I wanted to earn a little and be part of my community.

“The How to Start a Market Stall master class gave me the confidence and prompted my decision to begin a stall.

“I am extremely pleased to be starting out as a market trader.

“Markets offer personalised customer service and a unique shopping experience to rival larger retailers, and are modernising to compete so I am so excited about the potential ahead.”

National Market Traders Federation mentor and market trader Keeley Flint led the master classes and coached the stall holders over the past two months.

She said: “The master classes were fully booked, and nearly everyone who attended has started a new stall which is a great result and demonstrates the potential market trading offers.

“They now have the foundations to start earning quickly and the potential to start strong, sustainable businesses.

“I am a great believer in the unique experience of shopping at a market and their social and economic importance in towns like Bolsover.

“Markets are also getting switched on to digital services like ‘click and collect’ and home delivery, ensuring that they will thrive in today’s shopping culture.”