Markets provide opportunities for small businesses to reach new customers with limited risk or cost. In particular, they allow entrepreneurs to test new products. They are a flexible means for new market entrants to establish themselves, and this benefits consumers through added competition and innovation. In a rural area, markets can provide an essential outlet for many small businesses.
East Suffolk Markets
Find out when and where markets take place in East Suffolk. You can also visit the individual website for each market which will give you a flavour of the unique goods they have on offer.
All streets in East Suffolk are designated as either prohibited, licence or consent streets. This means that anyone who wishes to sell items from a trailer or stall in a street must first obtain a street trading consent or licence from the Council.
If you are selling food, you will need to register as a food business before you start to trade. You will also need to comply with all food hygiene regulations. Further information can be found on the Council website.
NABMA is the National Association of British Market Authorities and for nearly 100 years they have served the interest of market stallholders across the country.
National Market Traders Federation
The NMTF runs a range of campaigns and projects that contribute to safeguarding the industry. These range from start-up schemes to young traders markets, and from intense lobbying activities to family-fun promotions.
Love Your Local Market
Love Your Local Market is an annual two week campaign celebrating local markets and encouraging shoppers to support their local producers by visiting the stalls in their town or village, not just during those two weeks but all year round!
Mission 4 Markets
The Mission for Markets campaign is run by NABMA and the NMTF. They collect data on traditional retail and specialist markets in the UK and offer advice and support to their members. On the website, you can find examples of best practice and many useful resources.
Startups provides a step-by-step guide for setting up a market stall, covering the essential things you need to know before making an investment. It can give you an idea of the expected start up costs and the practicalities you will need to consider before trading.