Traders pitching up


Three local entrepreneurs have established new businesses in Fleetwood Market with support from Wyre Council and a national market trading association.

First Pitch is a market trader start-up scheme run by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) in partnership in Fleetwood with Wyre Council.

The support package included free membership of the NMTF, a retail training guide and mentoring for 12 months from a market trading expert. The council also offered a generous rent incentive to ensure traders had the best start possible.

Myles Brent is owner of recycled handbag stall, Myles’ Bags, and is one of the three traders supported through First Pitch.

Myles, who is the son of Fleetwood Market manager, Julian Brent, said: “Since getting involved with First Pitch, it has helped me gain confidence to interact with new people such as other market traders and new customers. I now plan to expand within the next year.”

Julie Porter of Oooh Baby is another of Fleetwood’s new market businesses, a baby clothing stall offering handmade embellished clothes and blankets.

She said: “Through trading part-time and spending quality time with my granddaughter I have made a hobby into a flourishing start-up.”

Shelley Dixon of handmade accessories stall, Daisy Daze, has expanded rapidly in the space of six months, doubling her business and said: “I plan to stay at Fleetwood for the near future as it is a market I feel can grow and change with modern demands.”

Fleetwood Market manager, Julian Brent, who is mentoring the traders alongside the market’s NMTF branch secretary, Ann-Maria Selby, said: “First Pitch is just what is required at the moment for the industry. I feel our new traders have brought a fresh atmosphere to Fleetwood Market and the scheme has supported them in every possible way.”

Fleetwood Market is open Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday 9am – 4.30pm.