Chris Clarkson MP champions Heywood Magic Market in House of Commons

Date published: 07 October 2020

Heywood and Middleton MP, Chris Clarkson has spoken in Parliament about the importance of local markets in a post-covid economic recovery. 

Addressing the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Mr Clarkson paid tribute to the incredible achievements made by staff, traders and directors at Heywood’s Magic Market saying that they have provided innovative opportunities for local entrepreneurs and self-employed people to set-up new businesses or expand existing ventures.

Secretary of State Alok Sharma agreed that markets like those in Heywood and Middleton were an important part of the local economy. 

Mr Clarkson visited the Magic Market in Heywood last week to meet manager Annie Cooney and board director Sue Coates, and hear of the plans that they have to ensure that the market remains a thriving hub for the local people who depend on it. 

Mr Clarkson said: “It was so encouraging to hear that there are plans in place to ensure that Heywood Market makes a strong post-covid recovery. The board have a real passion for the local businesses that they support and the local people that those businesses serve. This is a brilliant example of a market that has become an essential part of the community, serving the needs of the public and giving enterprising local people the opportunity they need to start a business.”

Mr Clarkson went on to meet some of the newest businesses in the market hall, some of which had been trading for just days. New trader, Tanya, of Blossom & Bubble Fragrances and Cosmetics told him how the market had given her the opportunity to expand her home-based business with new access to customers.

Susan Daniels of SK Alterations explained how she had previously been working freelance for local bridal shops, but after seeing a post on social media decided to take on a stall. She now has a regular base, more business from passing trade and is working with others on the market such as the haberdashery and childrenswear stalls. In fact, business is so brisk that she may soon need to take on a member of staff.

Mr Clarkson said: “Meeting new traders is an inspiring experience. These are local people who have taken hold of a business opportunity. The market environment offers them a retail base at an extremely affordable rate, but it’s so much more than that. This is a hub where traders have instant access to customers, support and all the facilities they need to start and grow a business. 

“Some people feel that markets have had their day, but it’s clear to see that in Heywood the market is still going strong, with big plans for the future and I am happy to give them my full support.”

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