Posted by Ian Rathbone on Friday, September 23rd, 2016
Hackney Council has extended the deadline to October 2 for applications to trade in the new Well Street community market which is relaunching on 3 December 2016. The market will run on the first Saturday of every month.
“Our intention is to build up the market’s profile and footfall then open the market on a weekly basis if this is deemed to be viable. We will be selecting 30 traders to begin with and aim to expand this number as footfall increases.
“Traders will be provided with a 3 x 3 metre gazebo by the Council, included in their pitch fee.”
The selection process
There are two stages to the selection process:
1. You will need to complete the application form available on our webpage and submit it to us by 02 October 2016. We will then review all submissions, create a shortlist based on the quality of applications received and invite successful applicants to an
interview. These will begin from 10 October 2016. Unsuccessful applicants will receive a notification by email, please note that we are unable to provide individual feedback to applicants.
2. During the interview stage we will assess each candidate’s suitability for the site and use a scoring system to evaluate responses, the highest of which will be offered a position at the market in order of score. Those who score satisfactorily in their
interview but do not make the final selection or sell a commodity that is oversubscribed will be placed on a short list for future vacancies.
What we are looking for
We need to be confident that traders are able to offer a consistently high standard of service and meet customer demand whilst managing their pitch safely and effectively. This is
particularly important with regards to waste management, cleanliness and hygiene standards.
We will be scrutinising prospective traders based on the following criteria:
Previous experience in street trading or other relevant field
Candidates will need to demonstrate their suitability for the market as a street trader, giving a detailed explanation of their experience, capabilities and competency. This will be particularly important with regard to health and safety matters. We will still consider start-up businesses provided that they can meet our expected standards.
Quality and uniqueness of commodity/concept
We must ensure that we do not overprescribe similar commodities in the market in order to ensure that the offering is diverse and attractive to customers. Your commodity or concept must be of a high quality and we are keen to have diversity of products in the market.
Knowledge of commodity/concept
We expect traders to have a good understanding of what they are selling and to offer an informative service.
Quality of stall display
In order to create an appealing and aesthetically pleasing market environment we expect traders to be able to demonstrate their understanding of visual merchandising and explain how they will employ these practices on their own stall.
Where possible we are actively seeking traders whose products promote a healthy lifestyle and are fair-trade certified.