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  David Crompton, who has worked as a butcher in Bradford city centre from the age of 15, said food traders welcomed the move to a new market but they were in survival mode
new market will be invited to complete an online course that Colin has devised in partnership with Bradford College with a range of modules covering everything from business planning, health and safety and merchandising display to the use of social media to promote their businesses.
Colin, who believes the course could be useful for traders all over the country, said it was vital that existing traders and those wanting to stand the new market ran their businesses to the highest possible standards.
No final decision has yet been made on relocating the non-food
traders from the Oastler but he said the council was in talks with the owners of the Kirkgate Centre to see how the traders could be catered for there.
Meanwhile the food traders have welcomed the plans with open arms — but they are desperate for it to happen sooner rather than later.
The council’s timetable involves waiting for the compulsory purchase of a number of buildings to come through.
A four to six- month demolition programme should start in April next year followed by 60 weeks of construction.
The new market would then open
in late 2021 or early 2022. Butcher David Crompton said:
“The new market will be really good for us. I stood up at a council meeting and suggested they used the old M&S building. But the problem is surviving until we move there.”
He said consultation had been good and the architects had visited him on his stall to see what a butcher’s business needed in terms of size and facilities.
“We have plenty of regulars as this business has been going since 1966 and I have been a butcher since I was 15, but footfall is really down and we have got to
the point that we need the council to help us out if we are going to survive.”
Fishmonger Neil Priestley also has a loyal customer base — his business was started by his great grandfather in 1911 and he describes trade as steady.
But he too can’t wait to move to the new market.
And deli owner Gunther Giangregorio said: “It’s the right decision and the right move for us. The future of markets is in the centre of towns and cities, especially now high streets are struggling, and food is the future too.”
A new square will be a great place for people to enjoy a drink, a bite to eat, and for market-type events and entertainment
  Neil Priestley who runs the fishmongers started by his great grandfather in Bradford market in 1911 said business was steady but footfall was down and traders were looking forward to moving to the new market
 Gunther Giangregorio who runs Roswithas Deli in Bradford’s Oastler Market said the future of markets was in town and city centres and the move couldn’t come a minute too soon

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