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market hall for the past five years, said: “We
have struggled a bit but it is a lovely, friendly place to work.”
Andy Reynolds, who has been selling fish from a van outside the market for the past 10 years, where he regularly sells out, agrees.
And Nicola Widdowson, a young trader who took over The Healthy Root, a fruit and veg business, two years ago when the owner she had worked for retired, loves the market life and the friendly, supportive working environment.
Then there is a new band of traders who are building their business on a market where they feel supported and befriended.
Among the new businesses in the lock-up units are Garfield Slocombe, who has been selling his
homemade cakes including vegan and gluten- free lines, for the past 18 months; Linda Jenkins, “the mum of the market” who has run Kwirky Krafts for a similar time period; and Denise Durant, who has turned her passion for all things green into a market business.
Linda makes her own fabric animals, bags and cushions — all ideal products for locals and tourists alike. “There’s a lovely friendly atmosphere on this market,” said Linda, who took it upon herself to create colourful bunting to decorate the market hall, where Alan has commandeered a piano for anyone to play, which adds to the fun.
Next door Denise, who started The House of Green on the market last October in the unit
adjacent to Karen, is enjoying following her passion for environmentally friendly products after a career as a recruiter of accountants.
Her unusual products include sun cream that is fully organic produced without harming coral reefs or oceans, beeswax food wraps to replace clingfilm, and lunch boxes made from wheat straw.
Alan is proud of the influx of fresh blood he has nurtured and is optimistic about the future of the market, which dates back to two charters, the first granted by Henry III in 1257 and the second by Oliver Cromwell in 1655.
“It is still a work in progress,” he said. But you get the impression the market is on the right path to a brighter future.
   Anji Palmer who has been selling wool on the market for the past
five years is pictured with her helper Lyn Takel Andy Reynolds sells fresh fish from Brixham fish market at Tiverton
Denise Durant, who used to work as a recruiter of accountants, now runs The House of Green where she sells environmentally friendly products and operates a zero waste policy
 l Market Days: Tuesday, Friday and Saturday, with a bric-a-brac event on Mondays, and around five businesses trading on Wednesdays and Thursdays
l Market Rent: £14 a market day for new traders, dropping to £11 for regulars
l Tiverton’s claim to fame: Located in mid-Devon, Tiverton prospered on the wool trade and boasts a castle, a museum and numerous historic listed buildings including almshouses. The industrialist John Heathcote brought his fabric business to Tiverton from Loughborough where it was threatened by the Luddites and 800 people are still employed by the business today.

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