Sunderland retailers get the chance to develop city’s market trade

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RETAILERS are getting the opportunity to develop the city’s market trade, as part of a major plan to help boost Wearside’s economy.

Sunderland’s Business Improvement District (BID) has organised an event on March 5, where traders can not only discuss the existing offering in the city but can also hear from experts on what makes a great market.

The workshop, taking place at The Point, Park Lane will include a talk from the chair of North East England Farmers’ Market chair, Nik Best and Richard Beddard and Victoria Welsh from Stockton Borough Council, which has won a Love Your Market award.

Representatives from the city’s existing markets and a number of retailers have been invited along to take part in the session, which will also include an update from Sunderland City Council on the regeneration plans for the city centre.

“Markets continue to grow in popularity and we are lucky enough to have two permanent ones in existence in Sunderland,” said Ken Dunbar, chief executive of the Sunderland BID.

“This event is to look at how we can build on our existing market trade and look at ways of growing the offering so that it will help boost the retail success of the city centre.”

Attendees will be given the chance to talk about their views on what makes a good market along with any issues or opportunities they have identified.

The workshop will run from 1pm until 5pm and will include a chance for attendees to give feedback on the event.

The market development workshop is part of a wider programme of events, initiatives and activities organised by the Sunderland BID to attract more people to the city.

For more information about the events and initiatives being held in Sunderland visit