Sketts Quality Events will at the end of this month be running its last Warwick Charter Market, Thursday Kenilworth Retail Market and Royal Leamington Spa’s monthly Farmers market.
For more than 55 years the family company has brought the vitality of market life to Warwick District.
Sketts Partner Paul Skett said: “It is with great regret that from 1st February 2015 Sketts will no longer be the contractor to Warwick District Council for the operation of the Saturday Warwick Retail Market, Thursday Kenilworth Retail Market and Royal Leamington Spa’s monthly Farmers market.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our excellent working relationship with Warwick District Council over the past 50 years with its many councillors and officers. We embraced the “Warwick for real” scheme which transformed the Warwick market square into a vibrant shopping location with great cafe culture, and worked hard to attract the excellent stallholders it now enjoys.
“We have seen Warwick buck the trend in the decline of retail markets to remain an essential part of the town. This has been endorsed by runner up of NAMBA best market awards in 2012 and more recently a Special Award at the Pride of Warwick District Awards in 2014.
“Kenilworth market has also kept consistency and remains an important weekly event in the town which has also benefited from an enhancement scheme. The creation of the Royal Leamington Spa’s Farmers and fine food monthly markets by Sketts in 1999 have continued to thrive and remains one of the most authentic markets in the county.
“We sincerely hope that all these events continue to thrive and prosper.
“We have been humbled by the many accolades and kind wishes we have received. We thank the many different people from, councillors, town mayors, council officers, retailers, Warwick museum and the many related organisations that we have worked with other the many years to keep Warwick Markets running so smoothly and successfully.
“Finally, and certainly not least, a special thank you to all of our stallholders without whose loyalty and commitment, during extreme weather and enhancement disruption, we simply would not have had such great markets.”
Sketts is continuing to provide expert market provision across the region, with regular markets in Banbury, Coventry, Solihull, Warwick University, Southam, Sutton Coldfield, Harborne, Brindley Place in Birmingham, along with other specialist markets around the country.
Sketts is also seeing increased interest in its stall hire operation. For more information on stall hire for events contact the Sketts team on 01789 267000.
Sketts would also like to remind the many charitable and community organisations in the Warwick District area that they are very happy to continue to work with them into the future.
Sketts recently chatted to traders in Warwick Market, see here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QrQSyCpwB2E
For more information see sketts.co.uk