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Local Growth Minister Mark Prisk today (Wednesday 15 May) urged people across the country to back their local markets, during a dedicated fortnight of activity designed to help budding entrepreneurs to trade, and get residents back on their high streets.

Starting today, this year’s Love Your Local Market campaign will involve over 650 markets across England, with over 3,000 special events designed to showcase the best of local produce, design and innovation, with tastings, music concerts, treasure hunts and other events to celebrate great local food and shopping.

Running until 29 May, the event will also give budding traders a chance to tout their wares with 3,000 free or subsidised stalls available to those who want to try trading for the first time in a low-cost, low-risk retail environment.

Mark Prisk said:

“Markets can be the beating heart of their communities and a force for good in the local economy. We have seen examples across the country of markets bringing people back to the high street, nurturing new traders and spreading the benefits to all surrounding businesses.

“That’s why we’re backing the Love Your Local Market fortnight. It is a great opportunity for town centres and for aspiring business owners to give trading a go.

“I would urge everyone to visit <>  to find their local market and support their local high street.”

Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of the National Association of British Markets Authority, said:

“Love Your Local Market fortnight gives markets across the country the chance to demonstrate their importance to local communities and also provides the chance for new entrepreneurs to sample market trading for the first time. It is a wonderful opportunity for many people to embark upon a new career.”



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