Sketts supports Love Your Local Market 2014

March 28, 2014

Sketts is delighted once again this year to be supporting the Love Your Local Market campaign, offering 10 FREE stalls to first time traders at Banbury, Kenilworth and Warwick markets - 30 stalls in total!


Interest is already high with a number of stalls already booked for the markets on Saturday, May 17 in Banbury; Thursday, May 22 in Kenilworth; and Saturday, May 24 in Warwick.


Banbury new traders so far include pet food, knitted dolls clothes, patchwork quilts, paintings and jewellery.


Kenilworth new traders include home items, jewellery and scarves, paper flowers and curries.


Warwick new traders include greeting cards, handmade home items, and cakes, biscuits and savouries.


To help celebrate Love Your Local Market each of the events will also host a bouncy castle, face painting and the opportunity to see some stunning birds of prey.


Local dignitaries have also been invited to join the celebration and visit their local market.


Paul Skett said: "One thing that has surprised us this year is the lack of interest from charities, it might be they will all get in touch soon, it's certainly a great opportunity for them."


Love Your Local Market is a celebration of our market culture here in the UK that happens over a fortnight in May.


Sketts was among the 700 markets who took part last year, putting on over 4,000 events.


LYLM is also all about entrepreneurship and since starting in 2012 the markets industry has pledged around 7,000 pitches to new traders.


It all started in 2012 amidst growing alarm for the future of our nations High Streets when the idea of a National Market Day was proposed alongside the government's High Street Review.


With markets held on so many days throughout the month however, many would have been left out, which was when Love Your Local Market fortnight was born, three years later we are still celebrating.


Markets have a long-standing place in the towns, cities and villages of the British Isles. They were the cornerstone of every major settlement throughout our history, with people bringing in goods to trade from surrounding settlements in order to feed themselves, but also the citizens of the conurbations they visited.


Market day still holds a special place in the hearts of people from all walks of life, as a place to shop but also to socialise, meet up with acquaintances and catch up on some gossip.


Paul Skett added: "Markets are seeing something of a revival in fortunes. With shoppers wary of long supply chains, emphasised in the 2013 horse meat scandal, we are turning once more to our butchers, bakers and other more traditional outlets, tempted by the assurance of provence in the goods we are buying, but also to see a friendly face and to support our local businesses."


Love Your Local Market has been devised to herald the changes and to make shoppers aware of what is on offer on their doorstep.


Lead partners, The National Association of British Market Authorities (Nabma) bring nearly 100 years of experience to the campaign and are keen that this knowledge is shared with as many markets as possible.

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