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  Chris Nottingham and Stacey Caley work for The Brickyard Bakery selling freshly-made artisan bread, sandwiches and cakes as well as other locally sourced food products at bargain prices. Inset: artisan baker Ed Trewhitt
   Danny McCluskey, who runs Danny’s family butchers, is positive about the future of Dundas market
Vince Gibson, a trader for 23 years, has switched lines and locations to stand Dundas market where he has been selling sweets for the past four months
Rob Lewis who runs LD Printing is one of a number of successful businesses that have grown too big for the market and moved out into the shopping centre
David said a key part of his role has been to vet potential tenants to ensure that their offer matches the demographic of the market shoppers and doesn’t overlap with existing offers.
fresh bread and confectionery can to sold at a price that most people can afford.”
Rob said: “Relocating was a big risk because there are more overheads but it has definitely worked for me. The market is a really good place for a start-up business because of the low costs and there is help and support available.”
“Middlesbrough has four shopping centres and a massive out-of-town shopping centre, Teesside Park, that has affected the town centre,” he said.
Hence a large slice of cake is a pound, a scone is 50 pence and a large freshly made sandwich is just £1.50. Chris also sells locally made jams and pure honey-comb.
The other shopping centres have department stores like House of Fraser, but Dundas Shopping Centre focuses on value and David thinks it’s important to stick to what it’s good at, so he tries to discourage high-end businesses that may not last the course.
David is also keen to support long-established traders and help start-ups through a range of initiatives. The new licences are good for existing traders because they are so flexible, and they are designed to encourage start-ups because they are all inclusive and the smallest stall is just £60 a week.
David says that his main target now is boosting footfall. The monthly market has helped bring new shoppers into the market. And a new health centre employing 80 people in the offices above the shopping centre is also helping.
Nevertheless one new, upmarket business, The Brickyard Bakery, an ethical, artisan company, is doing well by offering freshly made artisan bread, cakes and sandwiches at prices that most people can afford.
The market team is proud of the number of market businesses that have outgrown the market and moved into the shopping centre.
A gym is moving upstairs, which will bring more younger people into the building, and David is using PR and social media to try to boost footfall.
Chris Nottingham, who works on the stall, said: “It’s a lovely, traditional artisan bakery run by Ed Trewhitt, who believes that healthy,
Their number includes LD Printing. Rob Lewis said: “We started on the market in February 2014 printing everything from canvases to t-shirts and gifts.”
“We are getting there,” said David. “There is still room for new traders. We would love a fruit and veg business and a hairdressers would do well here,” he added.
By April this year they had expanded as much as was possible and relocated to a larger unit opposite the market.
Any traders or would-be entrepreneurs could do worse than consider testing the waters at
Dundas Market.

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