The future of Hadleigh’s weekly market now looks much brighter after a year of successful new management which has seen a rise in the number of new traders.
In 2016, Babergh undertook an engagement exercise on the future of Hadleigh Market which had been in decline for a few years. Despite having a Market Charter dating back to 1252 and a community loyal to its high Street, the Market had become reliant on just three regular traders. However, feedback received from local people last year, revealed a great deal of support for the Market and a desire to see more diversity on offer from traders including baked and artisan goods, specialty cheeses and seasonal offers to support and compliment the High Street shops.
To help revive the market and fulfil the wishes of local people, Babergh teamed up with award winning local company, Suffolk Market Events and in just over a year, Hadleigh Market now boasts 8 regular stalls and additional ones that come on an occasional basis.
The response to the new market has been so positive agreement has been reached between Babergh and Suffolk Market Events to extend the partnership for another two years.
Justine Paul, Owner of Suffolk Market Events said, “I am absolutely delighted to be continuing my work with Babergh and Hadleigh market. Over the last twelve months significant improvements have been achieved at the town’s weekly market and I am really looking forward to working hard to continue to improve it further. The market now has a consistent number of top quality stalls serving the people of Hadleigh with a brilliant range of products but there is more than can be done and over the next two years, with the continued support of Babergh, we will strive to achieve even better things for the market.”
Cllr John Ward, Babergh District Council Cabinet Member for Economic Development said, “I am very pleased that Suffolk Market Events will continue to manage Hadleigh Market for the next two years. They have done an excellent job to increase the numbers of regular and occasional traders. Hadleigh is a growing town and deserves a flourishing market as an additional attraction to what is an excellent shopping experience.”
Hadleigh Market is held every Friday morning between 8am and 2pm on the Market Place, just off the High Street. For further information about the market or to enquire about having a stall at the market, please contact Justine Paul at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07704 627973. Information can also be found on the website at www.hadleighmarket.com