Page 26 - MarketTimesJune2014
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  Susanne Sharp is pictured on the new hot food business started by Jenny Webb, who used to run a bistro in Market Harborough and saw the revamped market as a good business opportunity
  Simon Mayers who runs Crumbs, a cakes, pastries and takeaway food business, is rushed off his feet following the revamp
Market specialists Market Place Europe were brought on board to entice new traders in and to run the market.
The market days have increased from Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, to six days a week including Sunday when there is a busy antiques market.
Not all the traders are convinced about the additional days. Malcolm said: “They will have to keep doing things to bring people in, particularly on the new market days.”
But so far, so good.
“There is a real buzz about the market and the atmosphere is so much better,” said John Cleaver.
And Simon Mayers, who has run Crumbs, selling cakes, pastries and takeaway food in the food hall for the past two years, said he has been run off his feet since the opening.
“The market was pretty drab and sterile before,” he said. “But since we moved back in I can’t keep up with business. Cake orders have gone through the roof and our cakes on the stall are selling out left, right and centre.”
New food businesses are also cautiously optimistic. Jenny Webb, who took a break after running a bistro in Market Harborough, decided that the revamped market was a business opportunity not to be missed.
She started Webb’s, selling falafel, salad, fresh fruit juices, vegetarian soups and slow cooked meats.
Susanne Sharp, her assistant, said: “We are aiming for the healthy market. People can pre- order and we are hoping there is a big market for this sort of thing from people working in shops and offices in the town.”
Stelios Paphitis has also taken the plunge with an impressive fish and chip business.
Stelios said: “I learned through working for my father’s fish and chip business which has won awards for being the best in the East Midlands.”
The business has got off to a flying start and is one of a handful of hot food businesses that are bringing much younger people into the market.
 Stelios Paphitis, who is Cypriot by birth, launched Market Plaice, a fish and chip business in the new market. He is pictured with, from left to right, Melissa Marlow, Eleni Paphitis, his sister, and his fiancee Eugenia
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