Page 46 - MarketTimesJune2014
P. 46

  New Edinburgh market is on the right track
FOR THE FIRST time in more than 40 years, the Waverley area of Edinburgh has a new market, and the traders couldn’t wait to get on board.
Called Platform 2 Market, the new venture is at Edinburgh’s Waverley Station and boasts around 50 stalls selling everything from food and drink, to vintage goods every Friday from 11am to 7pm.
Customers can now buy locally made chocolate, jams, chutneys, charcuterie, bread, cheese, beer, whisky and gin, as well as jewellery from local designers, bags, accessories, art, gifts, flowers and pet supplies.
The market, which is supported by station operators Network Rail, is being run by a local enterprise, LocalMotive Markets, which was
established to incubate small local businesses and social enterprises. The market started as a three months trial in June.
Edinburgh based directors Tania Pramschufer and Vicky MacDonald were amazed by the response from traders after more than 100 completed application forms.
Tania said: “The quality of the applications made our selection process agonising. The widespread interest does, however, mean that we’ve been able to put together a really diverse and interesting line- up of traders, offering something for everyone.”
She said that in addition to a core of regular stalls, they were also offering a different focus week-to- week.
The first event was The Funk Fair,
with 20 stalls selling vintage clothing and furniture. Other speciality events include a Social Enterprise Day to showcase local social enterprises, and a music event featuring live music and selling music posters and collectibles.
Vicky MacDonald said: “Personally, I’m excited about Jones & Son Bespoke BBQs, who make delicious pulled pork with homemade chilli jam, but customers are spoilt for choice”
Hot food options include pulled pork rolls, venison pies, homemade soups, fresh oysters, gourmet burgers, fresh pasta and a brand new concept from Scoff: the ‘tattie scone wrap’.
Laura Ferguson, who started her business, Scoff, six months ago and
has been trading at Portobello Market, uses local produce to make her foodie inventions.
Laura said: “This is such an amazing opportunity for me as a new business. When Vicky told me I had a place at the market I was really excited.”
Waverley station manager, Juliet Donnachie said: “This is an exciting new venture for the station and something which I think will be of great interest to Edinburgh locals and visitors alike. We’re pleased to be able to make really productive use of the space which has been created in the station.“
For more information, visit or follow them on Twitter @LocalMotiveMkts.
Bobby Halket
start, but Bobby has no plans to give up market trading no matter how successful the new business turns out to be.
 Bobby’s new pitch is dash cams
 WELL KNOWN market pitcher Bobby Halket has launched a new venture selling dashboard cameras, which offer motorists greater security from the threat posed by crash for cash criminals.
Bobby is from a family of pitchers, the fourth of five brothers who sold pots at markets and pot fairs all over the country. Billy, Brian, Barry, Bobby and Bruce would attract crowds of shoppers who enjoyed their banter and the sight of them throwing dinner sets around with ease.
Sadly Billy and Brian died in 2001 and 2008 respectively. But Bruce is still trading as well as
running markets, and Bobby and Brian work together selling pots at Crewe market, and at continental market and fairs.
Bobby still pitches when the opportunity arrises, at Bridgewater Fair, for example, but he has recently launched a new venture following a chance conversation at a continental market.
Bobby takes up the story. “I was selling pots at a continental market where they hadn’t got night security, so I offered to do it with Paul Williamson, a trader from Hull.”
As the night drew on, the pair got chatting and hit on the idea of
starting a business selling dashboard cameras alongside a range of security cameras including cycle helmet cameras.
Bobby said: “It makes such good sense, with scams like ‘crash for cash’, car theft and the worry of getting blamed for an accident that’s not your fault. With a camera on your dashboard you have the proof you need. It stops fraud and car crime. It works at night when your car’s in the drive. It’s so easy and it gives peace of mind.”
The entrepreneurs have set up a company,, and are mainly selling online.
The business has got off to a good
 From quitting to knitting
 QUITTING smoking has given Sue Beautyman a new lease of life — and led to her starting a new market business selling knitted garments, wool and haberdashery.
Sue was determined to give up cigarettes, but when she managed it three years ago she found she was feeling anxious and couldn’t keep her hands still.
She took to eating chocolate, but then decided to start knitting again to keep the cigarettes and the calories at bay.
“I really enjoyed knitting, but soon the house filled up with garments I had knitted and stocks
of wool,” Sue said.
Her husband suggested she started
a market business, so now they have the house back, and Sue has a flourishing business on Skirlington Market in the Holderness area of the East Riding of Yorkshire.
Sue said: “Skirlington is a really good market open on Sundays, bank holidays and on Wednesdays in the school holidays.”
Sue started her business last November and has built up a good customer base. She has even managed to help others quit smoking by encouraging them to knit.
Sue Beautyman
Market Times • June 2014

   44   45   46   47   48