18 May 2015

ARTISAN traders looking to kick start their careers or attract new customers are being encouraged to rent The Moor Market’s new vintage style barrows.

The market is offering the kitsch barrows – unique Victorian-looking mobile stalls – to businesses looking for creative ways of showcasing their wares to city centre shoppers in a simple but cost effective way. The five barrows can be rented for £25 a day to new or existing stallholders looking to pitch up in the market foyer.

The barrows have already been rented by local, independent companies such as Goo-Design, Binx Handmade Soaps and Seven Hills Bakery who saw a boost in business.

Richard Eyre, Head of City Centre Management and Events at Sheffield City Council, said: “We’re always looking for new and inventive ways to attract traders to the Moor Market as well as customers so we though the barrows would be a great addition to the 90 permanent stallholders we have.

“We know that new businesses and artisan traders in particular who are looking for an outlet to sell their products can’t always afford to rent a stall or open their own shop so this is a great way for them to test the market and to raise their profile. It was fantastic to see Goo-Design, Binx and Seven Hills Bakery use the barrows so well with enticing displays and I hope they inspire others to have a go at market trading too.

“The wooden barrows are movable but sturdy when parked up so they would be suitable for anyone selling everything from cold food to clothes and accessories, art and crafts. We’ve already got a wide selection of stalls at the market but we’d love to see even more independent, artisan traders and pop-up businesses renting our barrows in future.”

Matt Cockayne, of Goo-Design, rented a barrow earlier this month to showcase his unique prints and customised designs depicting iconic Sheffield landmarks and sports teams. Mr Cockayne’s pop-up shop complimented his Moor Market exhibition, currently on display.

He said: “I came to The Moor Market last month to launch my market exhibition so it was a brilliant opportunity to bring along a host of my prints, t-shirts, mugs and phone covers to showcase to shoppers at the same time.

“I do the majority of my business online so it was really nice to get out and show what I do to people first hand. You can get a real sense of what people want and what products are popular. I filled the table-top barrow with loads of stock and I got a lot interest from people asking questions about the creative process I go through to make them, which was nice. Sales were booming too, I did really well.

“The barrows are really great – they’re certainly eye-catching and interesting for customers. I’d definitely rent one again and would encourage other businesses, whether they large or small, to have a go too. It’s a really cheap alternative to having a stall or shop premises and for getting your business known to a different audience.”

For more information about how to rent the barrows please contact Joanne Ward or Alex Haigh on 0114 2735281 or email Alex.Haigh@sheffield.gov.uk or Joanne.Ward@sheffield.gov.uk.