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  Lee Pattison runs the large fruit and veg business on Beverley market started by his father, Malcolm, 59 years ago
    Julie Chambers has a thriving picture framing business on Beverley market that was started by her parents in 1989
Neil Lamont is pictured with his mother, Gill, on their stall selling home baked products made at the family’s bakery in Lincolnshire
 James Wilkins left a prestigious job at accountants Ernst and Young to set up stall on Beverley market selling the coffee he roasts himself and fine tea
home baking. And the family now stands 15 markets across Yorkshire and Lincolnshire.
James Wilkins has fewer years behind him, but his coffee and tea business, called The Blending Room, has blossomed since he started on Beverley market five years ago.
“I am passionate about what I do,” said James, who left a high-powered job at city accountants Ernst and Young to start his own business.
He roasts all his own coffee and is currently working with a local brewery on a beer flavoured with chamomile tea.
“I’m not earning what I used to, but I am so much happier on the market than in a grey office hunched over a laptop,” he said.
Other traders have made career changes and come to the same conclusion about market trading.
Stephanie Dennison, who has been selling books on Wednesday Market for the past 15 years, is a research pharmacologist by profession.
“That was a long time ago,” she said. “I have
always loved books and after I had my first daughter I was looking for something I could do part-time and hit on market trading.”
That was 30 years ago and she still enjoys being out on the market.
Julie Chambers followed her parents into their specialist market business offering a framing service after working as a nanny in America.
Ford Framing has been a fixture on Beverley market since 1989 after Julie’s mum, Joan Ford, bought a frame that was of such poor quality she decided she could do a lot better herself.
Julie said: “I love what I do and I am passionate about the market.”
And new recruit to market trading, Kenneth Gillespie, has all the answers on tap.
“I have done lots of different things including a spell as a buyer and a manager for BP,” said Kenneth.
In true entrepreneurial spirit, he realised that suppliers had big stocks of taps and similar bathroom products they needed to shift,
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