Frequently Asked Questions

How do I book on to the markets?

If you are looking at booking one of our Specialist Markets the applications can be found in the "Applications" Tab. Complete this in full and return to us. 
Our Fine Food/ Farmers Markets are slightly quicker to book. All you need to do is email us with as much information of your product as you can, but please include the below 
  1. Pictures of your product
  2. Pictures of your set up
  3. Copy of Food Hygiene rating, Public Liability insurance & Registered with your local authority. 
  4. If you require any electric, what you need to power and the wattage (We recommend being as self reliant as possible as only a few locations have electric)
  5. List of products you sell
  6. Where and When you want to attend
By providing the above points we will be able to check availability straight away and hopefully get you booked on. 
Retail Markets are slightly different. As these are weekly markets the individual market managers look after them, however you can email us the above 6 points which will make things a lot quicker or even give us a call. We will then check the availability for you and get back to you.   
Greatbridge Market is run by another team within Sketts, please contact Ian directly on 07950 132516

What Documents do i need to sell at a market?

It isn't as complicated as you might think! 
If you are selling Crafts/ Retail items all you need is Public Liability insurance- more details on this can be found here. A copy of this will be asked for when booking your first event.
Food is slightly different- with produce we will need to have
  1. A copy of the Public Liability Insurance 
  2. Copy of your Health & Hygiene Certificate
With selling Hot Food/ Catering we will also need to see a copy of your food hygiene rating. This will need to be displayed on your stall at all times at every market.
   3. Proof of being registered to a local authority 
4. A Covid-19 Risk Assessment example can be found here 
We cannot accept any traders without the correct documents at any market, this is not only to protect the clients and Sketts but more importantly yourself as a trader. We always have your best interest at heart!

What Do i need to bring with me?

Is a stall provided in the cost?
Yes, there is a 10 x 4 ft stall included in all of our pricing. The only market that a stall is not provided at is Birmingham Victoria Square 
If you are having one of our stalls all you will need to bring is a table cloth to cover the 10 x 4 ft counter board and then your products and whatever you need to present them. If you are using your own Gazebo/ pitch please ensure you bring sensible weights for each legs.  
Please note if you are trading with food you will need to ensure you also have the below; 
General food trader: Hand washing/ Sanitizer facilities 
If you are cooking and using electrical/ gas appliances please ensure you also have Fire Safety equipment & Floor service protection 
We would also recommend you have  a Copy of your all documents just in case- you never know when a food safety hygiene office will make a surprise visit or your Insurance details are needed. 
Please note if you are catering, your food hygiene ratings will need to be displayed at all times at every market! 

Whats the price of a Stall?

Pricing is different for every market and location. We also have different pricing depending on your trade e.g. Craft trader to a Catering trader.
For our speciality markets, the pricing can be found on our applications
Fine Food & Farmers Markets pricing ranges from £30.00 to £64.00. Just let us know where you are looking at and we can inform you of the correct price. 
Retail pricing also ranges on the day and location and whether you are a casual or a regular trader, once again call us for a chat and more information 

Can we bring our own gazebo/ pitch?

Yes you can, all we will need to see is a picture of the set up with full dimensions. We will do our best to accommodate all pitches but some can be too large and may not fit in within the theme of the markets.

Can I just Turn Up?

No, for all markets you will need to have booked and paid before hand. You can do this by contacting the office or completing to appropriate application form. 

What are the stall dimensions? 

Please see the below Stall dimensions; 
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What time can i turn up to markets & access my stall?

Most of our markets start from between 9am and 10am. For a 9am start you will be able to access the stall from 7:30am and for a 10am start you will be able to gain access from 8am. We do however, suggest to double check your confirmations as all arrival times will be on there.

How do we get our stock to the market stall?

On all of our markets, you will be able to drive up to your market stall/ pitch to unload only in between the set up hours. Once you have unloaded you will be able to go offsite and park your vehicle. This will be the same for packing up. After the start time of the market, any late comers will have to wheel their stock on the market if the stall is still available. 

Can I pick my stall location?

If you want to request a particular location please do let us know and we will do our best to accommodate this for you but please not we will not guarantee your chosen pitch

What will happen if bad weather is forecast?

We have over 60 years of experience with bad weather and have been known to run markets through rain, shine, snow and wind. Our market stalls have been designed for wind speeds up to 25 mph, however, with the recent climate change extreme weather is not uncommon. 
If extreme weather has been forecast please keep an eye on all social media & websites. We will also contact you as soon as a decision is made if we will be cancelling the market as we do monitor the weather above these wind speeds. Please note we do not take the decision to cancel a market lightly but the safety of the public and our traders does come first. 

How can i pay for my stall? 

Payments for stalls/ pitches can be made by two ways; Either Card payment over the phone or a Cheque made payable to E.G. Skett & Co. 
Please note we do not  accept BACS payments 

do you provide electric/ Lighting?

We only have a few of our locations with electric and those locations that do have it, it is limited. Depending on how much electric you have we will try to accommodate but we would highly recommend being self efficient. Please note some councils have different requirements on generators, e.g. Birmingham City Council do not allow petrol generators and all councils require a silent generator. For further help please get in contact with the office. 
At all of our specialist Christmas events we do provide lighting for stalls only, we cannot supply lighting for individual pitches and any other markets. 

What is the difference between a farmers market & a fine food market?

Farmers Markets are dedicated to accredited farmers only, meaning all produce sold on the market has be produced and made within a 50 mile radius. For more details on the criteria please click here
Fine Food Markets are slightly more relaxed, we noticed a few years back traders were able to bring more exciting products to the market but did not fit in within the criteria so we changed some of the markets meaning products that couldn't be sourced/ grown locally could still be purchased. 
For more details on these events check out our other websites;

Where do i park?

Each market is different with parking- the on site Market Manager will be able to direct you to the closest market. Please note we do not provide free parking for traders, it all depends at the locations council/ rules. 
If you want to be ahead of the game we recommend looking at the website Parkopedia 

What is expected from our traders? 

For for information on this please view our National Charter by clicking here

When is the next market?

For our next Market taking place, please view our online calendar here which is regularly updated. 

my question hasn't been covered in the above

Not to worry, just get in contact with us. No question is too small or silly! 
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