Kettering Markets shortlisted for a national regeneration award!
Published Wednesday, 19 September 2012
Kettering Markets have been shortlisted as a finalist for a Regeneration and Renewal Award 2012, in the category of Boosting High Street Vitality.
The application focused on the one team cost saving approach which Kettering Council adopted in running and developing the market. Instead of employing a traditional market manager, the Council made the most of its existing teams, who were already used to working flexibly.
It also highlighted work with Tresham College on rebranding, and how the Council was developing specialist markets, to combine with other town centre events. Future plans include working with schools, colleges and enterprise clubs to develop enterprise stalls.
The recent 1940s wartime market is a successful example of one of the speciality markets that have also been held. Sited on the Market Place, the event on 8th September saw stalls selling vintage and make-do and mend style goods, alongside 1940s music and the chance to have a go at learning to dance the 1940s way! Craft opportunities for children included 1940s games and the opportunity to make your own victory bunting, as well as learning to knit.
The market event coincided with the opening of the American Arrivals exhibition at the Manor House Museum as part of the first stage of a Heritage Lottery funded project looking at Ketterings World War II legacy. The exhibition explores the social and cultural impact of thousands of American servicemen being stationed at local air bases and in Kettering town itself.
Valerie Hitchman, Head of Community Services at Kettering Borough Council, said: Were delighted to have been shortlisted. The innovative approach we have taken to running the market has allowed various tasks to be absorbed by several service areas, rather than have the expense of employing a traditional market manager. This has enabled market income to be re-invested back into the market through purchasing new equipment, marketing, reducing pitch fees and also delivering specialist events such as the Wartime market.
Councillor Derek Zanger, Portfolio Holder for Regeneration, said: This is fantastic for Kettering Markets and the town centre area to achieve some local and national recognition. It will also put us in good stead for future funding opportunities to enable us to continue to develop and invest into the markets in Kettering.