Council extends free period for new and existing market traders across South Holland

Posted on 28 August 2020

South Holland District Council has announced that market fees across South Holland will be waived for another three months, stretching the support for traders to six months.

The decision, which ensures no fees for traders until the end of November, helps support the Council's commitment towards the District's town centres and its businesses, as it looks to continue to build for the future and aid the economic and social recovery of the District from COVID-19.

The extension to the support will save valuable money for traders impacted by a change in trade levels during lockdown and beyond, whilst also presenting a low-risk opportunity for other businesses or individuals to consider taking part for the first time.

Several new traders at Spalding market have already used the free period to take part in the market, with a seller of handbags, purses and wallets and also a cake company appearing in recent weeks.

It follows further support through a £5,000 grant for existing traders earlier in August, who the Council identified directly through their discretionary grant funding from the Government's COVID-19 support package. The Council are also reaffirming the importance of the market through the ongoing work of the Spalding town centre improvement group, which includes representatives from the Spalding Market Traders group.

Councillor Roger Gambba-Jones, portfolio holder for place, said: "I am very pleased that we are extending the rent free period for traders.  I believe it shows our commitment to supporting our District's markets and its traders whilst also seeking to encourage others to give market trading a try, as our District continues to recover from these challenging times. 

"The markets are an integral part of our plans for the District, and I would encourage anyone who's always considered giving it a go to make the most of this opportunity and be part of a growing and diverse retail offer to our shoppers."

More information on our South Holland District's markets, as well as details on how you can apply to take part, can be found at https://www.sholland.gov.uk/markets.