New Blackburn market artisans set stall for success

This Is Lancashire: Ashraf Patel at Sno-Tubz Ashraf Patel at Sno-Tubz

BLACKBURN Market’s Artisan Row for new traders is taking off with the first of its businesses taking a full stall on a three-year lease.

Three more are looking to follow Ashraf Patel, of Sno-Tubz, down this route.

One is taking a site in The Mall in addition to his ‘incubator’ slot and another has moved to premises elsewhere in the town after successfully testing his idea.

Regeration boss Dave Harling has hailed the row as ‘extremely successful’. It was created in July to allow people with a business idea to take a trial stall for £50 a week without a long-term lease.

Mr Harling said that after 22 traders took the original 30 stalls, five more are on the waiting list of ‘artisan’ traders.

Mark Smith, of the Exchange Coffee Company, who masterminded the scheme said: “It’s going really well. We are getting a lot of traders coming along and trying out their idea at a low price without a long lease to commit to.

“One has taken a full stall and three more are in discussions with a view to a permanent lease.

“Not everyone is going to succeed, but that is the idea. People can dip their toe in the water and find out if it works.”

Mr Patel, who sells iced refreshments, is delighted to be signing a three year lease. He said: “It was ideal. It gave the chance to try it out. I’m delighted to have got a proper stall and had a really good half-term. I’m hoping people will be stopping by to cool down over the Christmas period after a hot day’s shopping.”

Simon Dean, of Giggles and Dribbles gifts, said: “I’ve been here about six weeks and its enabled me to learn what its all about. It’s going well and let me start out with something I could afford.”

Mr Smith revealed five traders closed for various reasons while a photographer relocated to more suitable premises elsewhere.

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3:58pm Mon 12 Nov 12

paperboy70 says...

Great to see people still have some entrepreneural spirit, this is a good scheme and just what's needed.
Great to see people still have some entrepreneural spirit, this is a good scheme and just what's needed. paperboy70
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6:41pm Mon 12 Nov 12

real betis hotpot says...

It's not Bury market though.
It's not Bury market though. real betis hotpot
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8:37pm Mon 12 Nov 12

ste.g says...

Mr Smith revealed five traders closed for various reasons while a photographer relocated to more suitable premises elsewhere.

what reasons?
Mr Smith revealed five traders closed for various reasons while a photographer relocated to more suitable premises elsewhere. what reasons? ste.g
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9:42am Tue 13 Nov 12

paperboy70 says...

ste.g wrote:
Mr Smith revealed five traders closed for various reasons while a photographer relocated to more suitable premises elsewhere.

what reasons?
maybe it just wasn't for them or were selling stuff that no-one was interested in buying... the whole point of the scheme is for people to come and try it out for very little outlay and if it doesn't work then at least they can say they had a go.
[quote][p][bold]ste.g[/bold] wrote: Mr Smith revealed five traders closed for various reasons while a photographer relocated to more suitable premises elsewhere. what reasons?[/p][/quote]maybe it just wasn't for them or were selling stuff that no-one was interested in buying... the whole point of the scheme is for people to come and try it out for very little outlay and if it doesn't work then at least they can say they had a go. paperboy70
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