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Market Times • October 2013
From rubbing shoulders with McFly to market trading outside
 NICK MORRELL was fascinated to read about the experience of Richard White in the last edition of Market Times — not least because he had taken the same route and swapped a career in radio for market trading.
Richard went from reporting the news on Radio York to selling fresh fruit and veg from a stall in Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
Nick, who is 50, had a long
career, first in music and as a DJ, then in radio including hosting the breakfast show for a Suffolk radio station and helping to set up a radio station in Ipswich.
Nick said: “A few years ago, I too became disillusioned with radio and the pressure it can bring and joined my wife, June, in running a market stall selling wool, fabric and haberdashery.
“We have expanded over the
years and now run a very successful and large stall on Ipswich, Braintree and Sudbury markets.
“I would never have dreamed all those years ago, whilst rubbing shoulders with the likes of McFly and Girls Aloud, that one day I’d be on the markets. But it was a great decision and I love the atmosphere, the jokes with my fellow traders and of course the thrill of running a successful business.”
Nick Morrell
 Rayleigh Market just keeps on growing
RAYLEIGH Market in Essex has gone from strength to strength since the town council took over its running in 2010 and moved it from a car park to the High Street.
Now the council has extended it, with 10 more stalls on the south side of the road, making a total of 27 traders.
The new stalls sell garden accessories, stone plaques and ornaments, plants, fashion clothing for babies, children and plus sizes, metal and wood carvings, crafted goods, army surplus clothing, fashion bags and jewellery and branded perfume.
Kirby Coaches, a long established Rayleigh business, also has a stall to promote its day trips and holidays. The town council’s market committee chairman Councillor Dave Sperring said: “We have been in negotiation with Essex and Rochford District Councils for many months and I am very pleased to say that our determination to bring the market
into the high street and then to extend it further has paid off and is so good for increasing the footfall in Rayleigh town centre at this very difficult time for local businesses”
Coun Sperring paid tribute to two local firms, Rayleigh Hi Fi and Dedman Gray, who have allowed stall traders to load their vans in the car park at the back of the high street. The town council has also gained approval for occasional weekend markets and hopes to arrange some in the lead up to Christmas this year.
New side of Rayleigh market
    Edwina says a big thank you to NMTF
EDWINA TINSEY will miss her market stall on Henley-on-Thames Farmers Market where she sold beautiful displays of artificial flowers.
Ill health has forced her to call it a day after a year. But she won’t forget the service she got from the National Market Traders Federation.
“Without the NMTF, I don’t believe there would be any market trading,”
she told us when she contacted us to say she had packed up.
Edwina decided to try market trading after she couldn’t find a bouquet of artificial flowers she had set her heart on for her wedding.
“I decided to make my own and the business idea came from there,” she said.
She thoroughly enjoyed her time as
a market trader and had decided to go to college to get properly qualified in flower arranging.
“Ill health has forced me to give it up, but I am very grateful to the NMTF.Itisabigsteptostartupona market and I would recommend everyone join the federation. It is so reassuring to know that your insurance is covered and there are so
many other benefits. It’s well worth the money,” Edwina said.
Membership of the NMTF covers public liability and employment insurance. It opens up discounted deals on everything from van insurance to AA cover, and you are even covered for investigations by the Inland Revenue, which not everyone is aware of.
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