On 1 April 2019 Forest Heath District Council and St Edmundsbury Borough Council will be replaced by a single district council called West Suffolk Council. It will entirely replace the borough and district councils but will continue to deliver the same services while finding improved ways of supporting communities, businesses and the local economy. Over the next few weeks you may notice changes to the website, forms, letters and emails as we prepare for the creation of the new council.
Our markets are a huge part of community life and take place weekly in Brandon, Bury St Edmunds, Haverhill, Newmarket and Mildenhall. There are great advantages of having a market stall in West Suffolk:
Weekly markets are held in the following towns:
Contact our markets team in the first instance to talk about your products and we will discuss what you need in order to trade. If there is a space for your stall, then you will need to complete a new market trader application form. You will also need to follow all of our rules and regulations.
You can trade for 12 weeks without a licence, after this you can apply to become a permanent trader.
You will also need to follow all the usual rules that apply to permanent market traders.
To trade on a casual basis please contact the markets team: email@example.com
To trade on our markets you will need to know, and follow, our rules and regulations. Some of the main considerations are:
Prices are calculated on the basis of the size of your frontage. The price you pay per day is per foot of your frontage.
The footage rate varies between towns and some towns have more than one tier. There may also be additional charges for use of electricity or vehicles. These charges will be added to your daily price.
|Brandon||Thursdays and Saturdays||£0.90/ft|
|Bury St Edmunds||Wednesdays and Saturdays||
pitches in better locations pay higher rates
|Fridays and Saturdays||
|Newmarket||Tuesdays and Saturdays||£1.40/ft|
All traders must hold a third party public liability insurance policy. Currently the minimum value of a policy required by the councils is £5 million.
It is also the law that traders who are responsible for employees must hold an employer's liability insurance policy with a value of at least £5 million.
In order to trade, proof of your insurance cover must be provided to the Markets team, and you must display proof of your cover on your stall. You must also notify the Markets team about any changes to your insurance policy and you will be required to provide proof of insurance when you renew your licence.
Proof of membership of the National Market Trader Federation (NMTF) will also be accepted as proof of insurance, since NMTF members are insured up to £5 million for third party public liability, £5 million for products liability, and £10 million for employer's liability.
If you are young or new to market trading you may be eligible to apply for free short-term insurance cover provided under the council's public liability insurance policy. Please contact the markets team for full details. firstname.lastname@example.org
At all our markets we are always on the lookout for unique food stalls - in particular food from different cultures. For other kinds of stall, the balance varies for each market and over time. To find out what is needed at a particular market at the moment please get in touch with the markets team. email@example.com
We operate a waiting list for certain markets and for certain goods, but it varies over time depending on the balance of each market. For up to date information on which goods and markets are subject to a waiting list please get in touch with the markets team. firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual market traders do not need to worry about paying business rates for their stalls. This is because the council pays the business rates for the market as a whole.
If you own a business property separately from your market stall then you may be liable for business rates. For more information on business rates visit the business rates section of our website.
Waste collection is included in the cost of your licence. Waste is collected during the day, and we collect cardboard recycling separately from general waste.
You are responsible for your own relationship with your insurance provider. We suggest that you contact your provider for information on how to make a claim.
If you are temporarily covered on a council insurance policy then contact Sharon Fairweather from the markets team in the first instance to discuss the details of an insurance claim.
In order to keep traders and members of the public safe, we require you to follow certain health and safety rules. You will be able to find the full rules in our rules and regulations document, which is linked above.
The main points are:
If you trade food products on a market you must comply with food licensing rules and hygiene standards, like all other food businesses. You are required to register your food business with our licensing and regulation team. For more information on food regulation and hygiene standards visit the food health and safety section of our website.
For further advice on food licensing or hygiene matters, please contact the food team. email@example.com
Charities can take advantage of special prices for pitches at our markets. Charities must book stalls in advance with our markets team, as there are a limited number of charity pitches available at each market. Charities are limited to three pitches per year, unless there happens to be extra space available.
The special charity rates are:
Charities are allowed to sell goods, just like other kinds of market trader. It is important to remember that charity stalls need to follow our regulations. To do this charity stalls must:
If you have any questions about bringing a charity stall to our markets, please get in touch with our markets team. firstname.lastname@example.org