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  Coun Tom Cunningham, Braintree District Council cabinet member for economic development
  Richard Lightly sells fruit and veg at Braintree market Market Manager John Cull
June Morrell and her husband Nick fall into this category. Though not typical traders, they have built up a successful business from scratch. June is a hairdresser who started selling haberdashery on car boot sales. Nick is a former radio presenter who still fills in for former colleagues and occasionally presents a show on Ipswich’s Town 102 radio station.
June said: “I started out 10 years ago and the business just grew.”
Nick was feeling the stress of a high profile radio presenting job that saw him interviewing top bands of the day — including McFly.
“I joined June and now I stand Ipswich on my own,” said Nick, who really enjoys the banter and friendship of market life.
Similarly Barry Frostick has made a success of his market business after literally seeing a gap in the market.
A trained cabinet maker, Barry began making nest boxes for family and friends and eventually gave up his job in the building industry to run a market stall selling his wooden nest boxes, planters and wooden containers.
“I must have been doing it for 10 years now and I can hardly keep up with demand in the run up to Christmas,” he said.
New traders like Aaron Bolton, who has moved from being a stay-at-home dad to selling toys on Braintree market, can only dream of getting to that position.
But the business is building since he and his partner started in July, and council plans to regenerate the town centre should help his fledgling business.
Those plans remain at a very early stage, but one thing is certain, according to Coun Tom
Cunningham — the market will be at the heart of the regeneration.
As Braintree District Council cabinet member responsible for economic development, Coun Cunningham has been tasked with regenerating the town centre, and he is full of enthusiasm for the project.
“Braintree is between Chelmsford and Colchester, both of which have very good retail centres, but which we cannot emulate,” he said.
What Braintree does have is a good mix of unique, independent and niche shops, a varied demography of people from all walks of life who live in the town, and its twice-weekly market.
It also has a Freeport Designer Village that was established outside the town in 1999, and which brings in people from far and wide.
Mick Baglow is the longest established trader at Braintree market. He has been selling outdoor clothing there for 43 years

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