The Seven Kings Business Partnership, of which I am part, organised a small pop up event by Seven Kings station on Saturday 13 June. It was an opportunity to get the local businesses and local community together to work on one of many potential ideas to bring vibrancy and larger footfall to the Seven Kings High Street. Other Redbridge High Streets have community markets that help to create a sense of local identity, such as Wanstead. Barkingside has a new Town Square with an area for covered markets, so I’ll be keeping an eye out for trading opportunites there. 🙂
Sophia Hubs is actively seeking opportunities for start-up businesses to get experience in trading. 10 stalls traded on the day, all from Ilford, Seven Kings, Goodmayes and Chadwell Heath, plus 2 community stalls run by Safer Neighbourhood and Paracarnival.
Audrey Lindsey, who is a start-up in the craft business, had her very first sale – a beautiful rag doll. Organic Ilford and Step Outside Guides are both more established start-ups and used the opportunity to increase sales and local profile. Both Toni Dipple and Franscesca Fenn were grateful to have the opportunity to trade at this market and would most definitely attend again!
Mr Patel, a local trader of Classic Halal Foods Ltd said ‘ for me the most important part of this event was the opportunity to be involved with the community‘. A here’s the photo to show his help in taking down the gazebos at the end!
Sat Kumar of Hansons Estates and Chair of the Seven Kings Business Partnership said “This was a fantastic community event – we managed to pull this off with just a small team, with the help of local businesses and community members. ”