London market specialists, Tudor Markets, have taken over the management of Dudley Market, which had previously been managed by Dudley Market Traders Ltd.
The market, which was part of a multi-million-pound revamp two years ago, is owned by Dudley Council, who appointed Tudor Markets after a ‘robust tender process’
Since taking over on 1 July, new operators, Tudor Markets have been working hard to get Dudley Market on the map. New Tudor Markets Development Officer for Dud ley Market, Natalie Mashhadi, has been busy on social media, setting up new Facebook and Instagram accounts and offering social media training to traders to help promote their services and linking their pages to the official Dudley Market pages.
Being local herself, she understands the importance of supporting the wider local community and hopes to link with local attractions such as Dudley Zoo, The Black Country Living Museum and Dudley Castle, to encourage their visitors to the market. She is also working with local radio station, Black Country Radio to help to promote the market to the people of Dudley and the surrounding area.
Dudley has good transport links, with a bus station close to the market and up to two hours free parking in the town.
She explained the importance of ‘bringing the community back together’, saying: “Since my appointment, I have spent time getting to know the traders. I am their first point of contact and want to offer them stability.
Any traders wishing to trade at Dudley can call me on 07377 356138.”
The market operates Monday -Saturday from 9-5pm and will be officially launched on Saturday 2 September.
Tudor also took over the management of Redhill Market in Surrey on 20 July, on a five-year contract. The market is owned by Reigate and Banstead Borough Council, and as part of ongoing improvements by the council in the town centre, which includes new seating areas, the operators hope to build a hot food court around this. New Gazebos have also been purchased to improve the look of the market.
Completing the new portfolio is Letchworth Market in Hertfordshire, which Tudor Markets started a two-year contract for the running of the market in June. The market runs Thursday and Saturday on the pedestrianised High Street, with a car boot sale on Arena Parade each Sunday. The operator has been working closely with Letchworth BID to promote this market and tie in with local events.
Relatively new to Tudor Markets is Enfield Market, which they began managing on behalf of The Old Enfield Charitable Trust at the end of last year. The market runs Thursday-Saturday.
Hounslow Market can be found in Hounslow High Street, next to all popular retail shops and banks such as H&M, Next, TK Maxx and Barclays. Gazebos and electricity is supplied. Markets operate every Tuesday- Saturday from 9-5pm.
Canning Town’s Rathbone Market is located in the heart of Canning Town, in the West Ham area of London. The market days are Tuesday and Thursday-Saturday, from 9–5pm.
Tudor Markets also operate a Christmas market in London Bridge. See MTN February 2017, issue 202 for more details on this festive fair.