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Markets on YouTube
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markets on youtubeWe've added some brilliant movies to some of our market entries, now you can see what's going on around the UK, pick up tips and ideas, even if it's too far to visit! Here's the link...

 
Go compare the meerkats
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insurance - protect yourselfPublic & Product Liability Insurance

If you're running a stall on a market it is essential that you hold Public & Product Liability Insurance.  This protects you from any liability if, for example, a shopper happens to get injured and for liability associated with the products you're selling. Most markets insist that you have this insurance in place before you start trading. You only need one public liability policy, this will cover you for any market you operate in.  Up to £5m cover for any one occurrence is standard and you should expect to pay an annual premium of around £50.

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A great Twitter guide!
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small business guide for twitterHave you go a Twitter account for your market or market stall yet? Or is Twitter just not working for you?  It might be that you need some expert advice from the professionals.  Twitter users are very much involved with brands so all businesses, including markets and market traders, need to engage with their customers effectively and efficiently and avoid social media mistakes.

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Love this movie!
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We love this movie... early morning at Borough Market and ringing in the Olympics... take a look

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One of our favourite market stories...
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chesterfield marketOne of our favourite market stories has to be that Sonny Thorpe, who worked with Chesterfield's market horses, was granted his last wish to see his beautiful Shire horse Ben by hospital staff.  See the fantastic photos and read the full story...

Sonny Thorpe was a very popular figure in Chesterfield, his horse-drawn cortege was followed by 200 people through the town, a fitting tribute to a lovely man.

 
Seven things to grow your market stall
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We've put together a list of seven things that are sure to help your market stall business grow.  Let us know if you've found something that works for your market so we can spread the word!

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The word on the street is... food!
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gourmet street foodPassionate about cooking, want to break into catering on a budget? Street food vendors are popping up everywhere producing delicious gourmet dishes from Malaysia, India, Jamaica and around the world.

Fancy making a living from street food? Read the guide from the man who knows, Yianni Papoutsis of MeatWagon on how to make money from street food. If that hasn't put you off, there's some useful info on starting out here...

Good luck!

 
QR codes take your customers direct to your website
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QR codeImagine your clients scanning a barcode on a flyer or business card and instantly being taken to your website!

QR Codes are a type of barcode that can be scanned using a smartphone (e.g. iPhone, Blackberry, Android) and have proved to be a huge business success in Japan.  With around 50% people now using smart phones and numbers increasing, savvy UK businesses are finally realising the potential of QR Codes in marketing and advertising.

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HMRC targets London's markets for tax evasion
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HMRC have announced that six additional tax forces will turn up the heat on tax evaders, targeting London market traders. They are attempting to recover £25m in unpaid taxes and targeting people trading in specific areas including:

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Local markets have USPs!
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Markets have one up on the global chains, supermarket giants and big brands.  While many face increasing competition in hard times they offer unique selling points (USPs) to draw in the shoppers.

Many market stalls are long-standing family businesses, with all the experience, attention to detail, dedication to offering value for money and good service that brings. Traders continue to make a living in tough times brought about by the recession, the re-development of town centres and competition from out-of-town malls. Yet loyal customers return because of the unique service they find at the market.

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