Manchester housing associations help Moss Side Market open for business
Published by Becki Ord for City South Manchester in Housing and also in Communities
Moss Side Community Allotment selling hanging baskets at the new Moss Side market
MOSS Side Market is open for business after two Manchester-based housing associations and the City Council join forces to provide a platform for local traders to sell their wares.
Launched in April the monthly food and artisan market has proved to be a huge hit in Moss Side with a waiting list of local traders queuing up to pitch their stalls and shoppers coming along to show their support.
Moss Side Market has been made possible thanks to a three-way partnership between City South Manchester Housing Trust, Mosscare Housing Association and Manchester City Council – who are keen to boost trade and enterprise in this inner city area.
Traders are reflective of Moss Side’s lively and diverse community and include stalls selling street food, plants, locally grown fruit and veg, upcycled and pre-loved clothing and fabric and arts and crafts at the market which is located in the heart of Moss Side’s vibrant community.
Among the first traders to take up one of the 20 pitches available is Dan Hasler of The Moss Cider Project, a local cider press that makes cider and juice from donated apples.
Dan said: “Moss Side Market is a fantastic idea. It’s a subtle twist on the traditional farmers market that is instead selling home-grown and homemade produce by the people who live and trade in and around Moss Side.
“Moss Side is a hive of creativity and productivity and the market will provide the perfect outlet for local traders like us.”
The three partners involved in the project are hoping that the market will help boost the retail opportunities for small businesses in Moss Side and provide more choice for the local community.
Councillor Rosa Battle, Executive Member for Culture and Leisure for Manchester City Council, said: “We hope that the market will provide an outlet for local people with an interesting product to sell to trade on a market.
“It doesn’t matter if they are new to the market trade or have sold their product at markets before this is the chance to increase their business.”
For small businesses new to the market trade, the partnership organised a series of market trading training courses for the stall holders – many of who were first timers. The course, hosted at City South’s business support centre The Pod, covered the rules and regulations, merchandising, promotion, customer service, turnover and profitability.
Dave Power, Chief Executive of City South Manchester Housing Trust, said: “It may seem an unusual step for two housing associations to help launch a market, but doing so provides an innovative and original way for us to demonstrate our commitment to supporting enterprise and boosting employment in our communities.”
Moss Side Market is located in a car park on the corner of Great Western Street and Barnhill Street and takes place on the first Saturday of the month between 11am and 4pm. Future markets are being held on 3 May, 7 June, 5 July, 2 August and 6 September.
If you are interested in trading at Moss Side Market a trader application form can be downloaded from www.thepodmcr.co.uk.