Market brings a massive boost to city trading

THE first Christmas market to be held in Salisbury is bringing a massive boost to the city, according to traders.

The market opened for business in the Guildhall Square on Thursday and business owners say it has led to more visitors and an increase in trade.

Mark Bramley, from the Red Lion Hotel, said: “We have seen a sevenfold increase, particularly on Saturday when we were absolutely hammered. I’ve been here three years and I’ve never seen it so busy.”

And Laura Watts from Stoby’s fish and chip shop added: “We have definitely been busier and it’s a double whammy on market days. The feedback from everyone who has been is all positive.”

Silvia Kerestesova, who works at Patisserie Valerie, said she has noticed an increase in the number of tourists. “It has definitely been busier and tourists have been coming in and asking us where the market is,” she said.

Traders from the charter market have also welcomed the increase in visitors to the city, with many having their busiest Saturday of the year.

Daniel Rimer, from Wilton Wholefoods, said: “We are very, very busy. We have definitely noticed more people in town and lots of new faces, which can only be a good thing. On Saturday we had our best day here for quite some time.”

Butcher Gary Hughes said: “I think it has done really well. I was a bit dubious at first but they have done a lot of advertising and I am all for it.”

And fellow market trader John Bourne said: “At first I think people thought there was only so much cake to go around and if there is more people for it to be divided between then you get a smaller piece. But actually there were so many people on Saturday who haven’t been here before who have said what a brilliant market we have.”

Graham Gould, from Salisbury City Centre Management, said: “From the feedback we are getting from the Christmas market and local businesses, all the signs are that this is going to be an absolutely fantastic market and it is going to achieve everything we hoped for.

“It appears to be bringing in new visitors to Salisbury – people who haven’t been here before or people who haven’t been here for a long time.

“One of the main aims was to help existing businesses and the Charter market, to bring them new customers, and all the evidence we have so far shows that it is working.”

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7:30pm Thu 6 Dec 12

Sarum2012 says...

Great news!

I hope all businesses in Salisbury gain from the Market.

But I am a little sceptical, as yesterday there was an article on this site with 18 posts, 14 of which (including mine) which gave poor opinions of the Christmas Market. I wonder why this no longer features in 'Most commented'?

Come on Journal, ask the people, I dare you!
Great news! I hope all businesses in Salisbury gain from the Market. But I am a little sceptical, as yesterday there was an article on this site with 18 posts, 14 of which (including mine) which gave poor opinions of the Christmas Market. I wonder why this no longer features in 'Most commented'? Come on Journal, ask the people, I dare you! Sarum2012

5:45pm Fri 7 Dec 12

karlmarx says...

Sarum2012 wrote:
Great news!

I hope all businesses in Salisbury gain from the Market.

But I am a little sceptical, as yesterday there was an article on this site with 18 posts, 14 of which (including mine) which gave poor opinions of the Christmas Market. I wonder why this no longer features in 'Most commented'?

Come on Journal, ask the people, I dare you!
I posted a comment congratulating the Market for doing the best they can, the grandchildren enjoyed it. Doing nothing was never an option, the local shops need the trade for sure.
Now, just imagine how much business could be generated with real free parking! Salisbury may yet be saved from the council policy of deterring shoppers, Christmas and non-Christmas.
[quote][p][bold]Sarum2012[/bold] wrote: Great news! I hope all businesses in Salisbury gain from the Market. But I am a little sceptical, as yesterday there was an article on this site with 18 posts, 14 of which (including mine) which gave poor opinions of the Christmas Market. I wonder why this no longer features in 'Most commented'? Come on Journal, ask the people, I dare you![/p][/quote]I posted a comment congratulating the Market for doing the best they can, the grandchildren enjoyed it. Doing nothing was never an option, the local shops need the trade for sure. Now, just imagine how much business could be generated with real free parking! Salisbury may yet be saved from the council policy of deterring shoppers, Christmas and non-Christmas. karlmarx

4:51pm Mon 10 Dec 12

Richard Clewer says...

Karl, I think you need to be a little more even handed with your comments there.

We (Wiltshire Council) supported the Christmas Market with a significant loan to allow it to happen in the first place. We don't have a policy of deterring anyone from the City (aside from illegal street traders).

Parking is a difficult issue. I want to see the price of parking lowered but the realities of the financial situation the Council faces makes that far from simple. Also free parking would cause a serious congestion issue which we do not need. A more nuanced approach is required.

We are however finding more ways to help Park and Ride (which is not free but pretty inexpensive) with the new anouncement about later opening. We are also doing everything we can to help bring more people into the city and encourage others to do so. The Market Place improvements should help as will the improvements to New Canal Street. We are enabling the Maltings re-development which will should make the City Centre even more attractive (get your views to Stanhope now to make sure) and investing a lot into the new Community Campus which should see work start at the end of next year.

Yours sincerely,

Richard Clewer.
Karl, I think you need to be a little more even handed with your comments there. We (Wiltshire Council) supported the Christmas Market with a significant loan to allow it to happen in the first place. We don't have a policy of deterring anyone from the City (aside from illegal street traders). Parking is a difficult issue. I want to see the price of parking lowered but the realities of the financial situation the Council faces makes that far from simple. Also free parking would cause a serious congestion issue which we do not need. A more nuanced approach is required. We are however finding more ways to help Park and Ride (which is not free but pretty inexpensive) with the new anouncement about later opening. We are also doing everything we can to help bring more people into the city and encourage others to do so. The Market Place improvements should help as will the improvements to New Canal Street. We are enabling the Maltings re-development which will should make the City Centre even more attractive (get your views to Stanhope now to make sure) and investing a lot into the new Community Campus which should see work start at the end of next year. Yours sincerely, Richard Clewer. Richard Clewer

9:53am Tue 11 Dec 12

Helen Farmer says...

What a shame disabled motorists have been denied access to the city centre in the run up to Christmas because of the Christmas Market. Wiltshire Council promised that temporary Blue Badge parking would be provided for the duration, since the Guildhall Square is the main city centre disabled parking provision. Where everybody matters?
What a shame disabled motorists have been denied access to the city centre in the run up to Christmas because of the Christmas Market. Wiltshire Council promised that temporary Blue Badge parking would be provided for the duration, since the Guildhall Square is the main city centre disabled parking provision. Where everybody matters? Helen Farmer

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