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MARKET TIMES • OCTOBER 2020 45 Traders at London’s Borough
Market support Beirut
  HOT food traders at Borough Market in Southwark with personal links to Lebanon cooked up a feast to support those affected by the tragic explosion in Beirut.
Iraqi street food business Juma and Middle Eastern meze and Lebanese street food trader Arabica led the initiative which involved traders donating funds from sales of special set menus.
Juma created a £30 Lebanese-Iraqi vegetarian set menu, from which 50 per cent of profits went to Impact Lebanon and Cafi, an Iraqi charity.
Juma head chef and founder, British-Iraqi Phil Juma said: “Baghdad and Beirut are both dealing with so much right now and I thought it would be a nice way to raise funds while creating awareness as to what is happening out there.”
Artwork by Lebanese artists was exhibited nearby during the fundraiser.
Arabica ran an initiative called “Pass It On” inspired by the Government”s Eat Out to Help Out scheme.
For every £35 set menu they served during the fundraiser, £10 went to Lebanese charities. In addition, the restaurants donated £2 to charity for each bottle of Lebanese wine sold.
Eighty per cent of the cash raised by Arabica went to Impact Lebanon, ten per cent went to rebuild their friends’ café Kalei Coffee and ten percent to rebuild Baffa House, a boutique guesthouse located in a historic building in Beirut. Both were badly damaged by the explosion.
Borough Market, said: “Our traders have always found ways to support people in need during times of crisis. For Juma and Arabica the crisis in Beirut is a personal one and so we are proud to be able to help them in finding ways to offer their support to the people in Lebanon.”
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 Canterbury Market is fighting back on the high street
 CANTERBURY Market is back on the high street after the city council called a halt to controversial plans to boot it on to a side road.
The market has done well on the city’s high street in recent years but traders were shocked when the council unveiled plans for a £630,000 scheme which would
have seen St George’s Street transformed into a leafy boulevard with trees, new paving and an events space.
Under the proposed scheme the market would have been banished to Iron Bar Lane, which traders said would have killed it off.
When the pandemic struck the plans were put on hold by the
council and traders say they hope the it will quietly drop the plan and prioritise supporting local businesses.
Steve Bamber, the NMTF’s liaison officer who trades on the market, said traders had worked well with the council to get the market back up and running after lockdown.
“We used to have two aisles of market stalls running down the high street but we now have just one row in the centre, which gives more space to allow safe shopping,” he said.
Whilst they had lost a few traders, the core businesses had stayed and Steve said they were doing reasonably well and the feedback from the shops was good.
“Don’t get me wrong, the footfall is down. We have missed the tourists and the university students. “But the market is in the right place now and we can’t believe that in these difficult times the council
 Steve Bamber
would want to plough money into a scheme that will hurt small businesses that already have so many challenges. We know that the market brings people into the city and the shopkeepers tell us they do better on market days.”
He said the big test for market traders now was the winter and concerns about possible local lockdowns.

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