Boscombe Market calling entrepreneurs

Bournemouth Echo: Market Manager Rod Wilson chats to Damchoe Samye at Boscombe market Market Manager Rod Wilson chats to Damchoe Samye at Boscombe market

Boscombe market is opening itself up to aspiring entrepreneurs with a special deal during Love Your Local Market fortnight.

New traders can take up a stall for just £10 per day from Saturday, June 23, to Saturday July 7.

The offer is also open to existing shop owners who have never operated at Boscombe market before.

The Mary Portas report on High Streets presented to the government called for a “national market day”.

The idea was taken up by the National Federation of Market Traders and that led to Love Your Local Market fortnight.

There has also a been a slight drop in recent trader numbers, particularly because of high petrol prices.

Market manger Rodney Wilson said: “There are at least four traders with shops in Boscombe who started on the market.

“It also creates employment even on a small scale.

“The market is viable – this is not a desperate measure – but we could do with more variety.”

Town centre manager Roger Parker, who is responsible for the market, said he hoped to tap into some entrepreneurial spirit, something the government is calling for during the recession.

Mr Parker said there was “money to be made” and mentioned a recent episode of The Apprentice where toy insects were bought for 60p and sold the same day at a market for £2.99.

He added: “The market is hugely important for Boscombe.”

The market trades on Thursdays and Saturdays and they are the busiest shopping days in the precinct.

There are usually 20-25 stalls, from small gadget stands, to the huge Saturday fruit and veg stall, whose owner gets the stock from London each morning.

Traders need insurance and their own tables.

For full details call 07968 968683 or emailtcm@bournemouth.gov.uk

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6:18pm Sat 9 Jun 12

ShuttleX says...

"There has also a been a slight drop in recent trader numbers, particularly because of high petrol prices."

Nothing to do with the high rents the Council charge the traders then? I have spoken to a number of traders, and it is the rent that concerns them, not the cost of fuel. In fact I know of three traders that have left Boscombe and gone further afield to other markets. That costs more in fuel, yet the rents are cheaper, and they get more trade.
When was the last time Mr Parker actually bothered to walk round and talk to traders? From what I have been told, the only time you see anybody from the Council side of things, is when they are wanting their rent.
From what I see of this scheme, the shops can come out, pay their tenner and undercut the traders who pay full rent week in, week out. The shops will make their money for those few weeks, then jack it in, leaving the other traders, who are there in all weather, to struggle on.
Typical Council run scheme. Short sighted.
"There has also a been a slight drop in recent trader numbers, particularly because of high petrol prices." Nothing to do with the high rents the Council charge the traders then? I have spoken to a number of traders, and it is the rent that concerns them, not the cost of fuel. In fact I know of three traders that have left Boscombe and gone further afield to other markets. That costs more in fuel, yet the rents are cheaper, and they get more trade. When was the last time Mr Parker actually bothered to walk round and talk to traders? From what I have been told, the only time you see anybody from the Council side of things, is when they are wanting their rent. From what I see of this scheme, the shops can come out, pay their tenner and undercut the traders who pay full rent week in, week out. The shops will make their money for those few weeks, then jack it in, leaving the other traders, who are there in all weather, to struggle on. Typical Council run scheme. Short sighted. ShuttleX

7:06pm Sat 9 Jun 12

BmthNewshound says...

“The offer is also open to existing shop owners who have never operated at Boscombe market before.”.......... why would a shop owner who already has to pay rent, rates and the new BID tax on their existing shop want to set up a market stall where the public generally expect goods to be cheaper than in a shop ?
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Market manger Rodney Wilson said: “There are at least four traders with shops in Boscombe who started on the market.” ......... so traders start on the market and then move into a shop which is opposite to what this scheme is offering.
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Bournemouth Council really hasn’t got a clue about business. Schemes like this are contradictory and just don’t make sense. Rather than being open to existing shop owners the market should be attracting new businesses.
“The offer is also open to existing shop owners who have never operated at Boscombe market before.”.......... why would a shop owner who already has to pay rent, rates and the new BID tax on their existing shop want to set up a market stall where the public generally expect goods to be cheaper than in a shop ? . Market manger Rodney Wilson said: “There are at least four traders with shops in Boscombe who started on the market.” ......... so traders start on the market and then move into a shop which is opposite to what this scheme is offering. . Bournemouth Council really hasn’t got a clue about business. Schemes like this are contradictory and just don’t make sense. Rather than being open to existing shop owners the market should be attracting new businesses. BmthNewshound

9:31pm Sat 9 Jun 12

rotcoddam says...

This sad and dismal badly run market should be disbanded all together. Why should hardworking shop owners have to put up with this tatty scruffy disruption twice a week. The market brings in no trade to the shops whatsoever. It simply serves to allow a few amatuer market traders to come and take money from the local businesses.
This sad and dismal badly run market should be disbanded all together. Why should hardworking shop owners have to put up with this tatty scruffy disruption twice a week. The market brings in no trade to the shops whatsoever. It simply serves to allow a few amatuer market traders to come and take money from the local businesses. rotcoddam

9:51pm Sat 9 Jun 12

pete woodley says...

rotcoddam wrote:
This sad and dismal badly run market should be disbanded all together. Why should hardworking shop owners have to put up with this tatty scruffy disruption twice a week. The market brings in no trade to the shops whatsoever. It simply serves to allow a few amatuer market traders to come and take money from the local businesses.
I cant see that the market benefits local shops,and what takings they do have, mainly goes out of town.Dorchesters is even worse.
[quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: This sad and dismal badly run market should be disbanded all together. Why should hardworking shop owners have to put up with this tatty scruffy disruption twice a week. The market brings in no trade to the shops whatsoever. It simply serves to allow a few amatuer market traders to come and take money from the local businesses.[/p][/quote]I cant see that the market benefits local shops,and what takings they do have, mainly goes out of town.Dorchesters is even worse. pete woodley

5:18am Sun 10 Jun 12

Phixer says...

rotcoddam wrote:
This sad and dismal badly run market should be disbanded all together. Why should hardworking shop owners have to put up with this tatty scruffy disruption twice a week. The market brings in no trade to the shops whatsoever. It simply serves to allow a few amatuer market traders to come and take money from the local businesses.
Isn't that the same with any market in towns all over the country? The fact that markets still exist would suggest that your argument is not founded.
[quote][p][bold]rotcoddam[/bold] wrote: This sad and dismal badly run market should be disbanded all together. Why should hardworking shop owners have to put up with this tatty scruffy disruption twice a week. The market brings in no trade to the shops whatsoever. It simply serves to allow a few amatuer market traders to come and take money from the local businesses.[/p][/quote]Isn't that the same with any market in towns all over the country? The fact that markets still exist would suggest that your argument is not founded. Phixer

9:22am Sun 10 Jun 12

Azphreal says...

Its funny but i am sure that the footfall is not that increased,if you take into the fact that almost the whole precinct is blocked with stalls so the people are forced down each edge it seems the same amount of people as a normal day. I only ever use the butcher (and the rest of the time the local butcher) as a lot of the other stalls have a load of rubbish or tat on them.
Its funny but i am sure that the footfall is not that increased,if you take into the fact that almost the whole precinct is blocked with stalls so the people are forced down each edge it seems the same amount of people as a normal day. I only ever use the butcher (and the rest of the time the local butcher) as a lot of the other stalls have a load of rubbish or tat on them. Azphreal

2:13pm Sun 10 Jun 12

portia6 says...

I always thought markets were
for country towns traditionally.
That said there is nothing wrong
with a bit of competition.
I always thought markets were for country towns traditionally. That said there is nothing wrong with a bit of competition. portia6

7:16pm Sun 10 Jun 12

rotcoddam says...

The reason people used to got to markets was to either purchase fresh local produce or find a bargain. Bargains where often available due to the typical market traders casual attitude to minor considerations such as income tax, vat, national insurence etc etc.

In the last decade or so non of that is true of most markets. Generally the so called fresh produce is of lamentable quality and priced not much better than many shops. Most of the diy items have been purchased from poundland or similar and the clothes stalls are often getting their stock from primark anyway. so whats the point of a market.
The reason people used to got to markets was to either purchase fresh local produce or find a bargain. Bargains where often available due to the typical market traders casual attitude to minor considerations such as income tax, vat, national insurence etc etc. In the last decade or so non of that is true of most markets. Generally the so called fresh produce is of lamentable quality and priced not much better than many shops. Most of the diy items have been purchased from poundland or similar and the clothes stalls are often getting their stock from primark anyway. so whats the point of a market. rotcoddam

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