Street Markets – Brixton

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The market in Brixton Station Road is a market that operates almost daily. The theme of the market varies:

– Friday market
– Bakers and Flea market
– Maker’s market
– Retro and vintage market
– One-off market – special markets with a particular theme
– Sunday farmer’s market
– Brixton Village

Some of these markets are run weekly, some just once a month.

How did they do it?
The success behind the market is the Brixton Market Traders’ Federation, which is a not-for-profit organisation set up as a community interest company. Any profit they make goes back into the project, for example in trees and planter boxes to make the market greener.

The association is responsible for all aspects of running the market. They own their own stalls and provide stall frames, tarpaulin covers, and tables if required. Stall hire rates vary between £15-£40 pounds (for late bookings) which include the stall being set up.

The Federation is run by a 7 men strong team, that work mostly part time and have expertise in all fields involved in running a market, including finance and administration, community engagement, outreach and marketing. Promotion of the market is done via local and national media, a website, Facebook, Twitter, flyers, event websites, posters & verbal communication.

Traders don’t need to have a registered business, but must have public liability insurance and employer’s liability insurance if stallholders have anyone helping on a market day. Traders running a food stall must also have the required food hygiene certificate, a “Level 2” in Food Hygiene. If any food preparation is done away from the stall, those premises must be registered with the local authority to be inspected for hygiene, and issued a Certificate. Traders will also need to register with Lambeth Council that they are opening a food business in Brixton Station Road. All electrical and gas equipment will need a valid inspection certificate, even if new.