Market traders portal offers help with business planning

Market traders at Leeds Kirkgate Market will be given free access to businesses support and advice from this week (w/c 1 September).

Sample business plans, and how to guides will be available on www.leeds.gov.uk/kirkgate_market_refurbishment for traders to access online, and later in the month a new Trader Portal will launch.

The portal will give secure access for market traders to free business training and bespoke advice to help them develop and grow their business. On offer will be courses that will cover everything from how to create a business plan to knowing more about social media and marketing. The portal will also have access to additional services from organisations such as the National Market Traders Federation and affordable business finance.

As part of the ongoing refurbishment of Kirkgate Market, traders will be offered the opportunity to apply for vacant stalls in the market, and Leeds City Council is offering all traders free access to business support and business planning documents to help with this process. On offer throughout the remainder of 2014 will be free training from a third party supplier to help ensure that market businesses go from strength to strength in their new location. The support and training will also be available to any trader who opts to take statutory compensation instead of relocating, to assist them in planning the next step for their business.

Councillor Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council executive board member with responsibility for transport and economy said:

“We want to make as much business information, support and advice available to the traders as we continue to move forward with the refurbishment of Kirkgate Market.

“The project represents a real opportunity for traders to develop their businesses and the portal will equip them and their businesses with the option to access to free training and plenty of other resources.”

For further information contact

Cat Lindley, Leeds City Council communications team


Tel:0113 247 4450