Traders see a market ease

MARKET traders have confirmed they found it easy to get onto Boston market following the Portas Review.

In her report Mary Portas said Market’s are a ‘fantastic way to bring a town to life’ by allowing entrepreneurs to try out their products and makes a couple of suggestions to help traders.

However, Boston market stall holders have said they agree with the council’s current system including its preferred tenants mix which prevents too many traders selling the same thing, with some claiming an increase in sales.

Rob Whellams of Belvoir Bakers has had a stall for three years, starting on Bargate before moving to the main market.

He said “The recent move from the main square to Wide Bargate has made the market into a more communal type market place.”

He said his takings had increased by a third.

Boston Borough Council said since the move there had been an increase in the number of applications to stand on the market and there was now a waiting list.

Portfolio holder for the town centre Coun Derek Richmond said the council had learned a number of lessons from the move.

He said the council would consider the lessons and consult with traders during the move back to the market place.

Mrs Portas’ recommendations include having a National Market Day allowing people to try holding a stall for a low cost and making it easier for people to become traders by removing unnecessary regulations.