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Investment to boost market services

Whitechapel market 02.09.21 (1)

Mayor at Whitechapel market

To help kickstart the borough’s economic recovery, the council is investing more than £140,000 from the Mayor’s Covid Recovery Fund, into our street markets to encourage residents to get jobs and support stall holders recover from the impact of the pandemic. 

The council is putting together a free, simple, one-week Trader Training course for residents, covering the basic skills involved in setting up and running a street market business.  

Some of the successful candidates will then be offered a chance to work alongside seasoned stall holders acting as mentors for a new generation of traders looking to gain experience and maybe their first big break. 

To further support the borough’s markets in general, the council is also supporting the Moving Markets Online project with the aim of creating bespoke websites for each of the historic marketplaces and to develop a social media presence to attract more shoppers to the markets.  

As part of this project there will be job opportunities for young people aged 17-24 interested in digital marketing to join the Moving Markets Online project and help curate the digital content for each of these platforms.  

Mayor Biggs visited historic Whitechapel Market to meet some of the stall holders who have offered to mentor the new traders and are looking forward to having an online presence to attract more visitors to their patch.  

Mayor Biggs said: “The pandemic has hit many businesses hard, and it has been devastating to market traders who were closed for over a year. Now that life is returning to normal, we are keen to help traders get back on their feet and attract business through the Markets Moving Online project and provide jobs to residents who may never thought of trying out a market stall.” 

Cllr Motin Uz-Zaman, Deputy Mayor for Work and Economic Growth and Faith, added: “We are lucky in Tower Hamlets to have more markets than any London borough from the trendy Brick Lane market, colourful Columbia Road market right through to the iconic Petticoat Lane market. I hope residents will sign up to the free Trader Training course as you never know where it could lead to.” 

Traders who have agreed to be mentors include: 

  • Syed Rehman, a fashion trader at Whitechapel Road 
  • Shathil Islam, a street food trader based at Sclater Street 
  • Mark Gevaux, a street food trader from Brick Lane 
  • Altaf Hussain, a fashion trader from Roman Road/Bethnal Green 
  • Enzo Moshetta, a bread trader from Roman Road Square 
  • Necip Fehmi, a fashion trader on Whitechapel Road/Mile End Road 

 If you are interested in signing up to the Trader Training course or working on the digital media project please email Alastair on streetmarkets@towerhamlets.gov.uk 

Posted on Thursday 9th September 2021