Our markets

How to become a market trader

Indoor stalls

Stalls in Nelson and Colne markets start from just £27 depending on size. This excludes business rates and electricity. Most traders would qualify for small business rate relief.

Contact the Markets Manager to have a chat about availability in terms of stalls/units and lines/services.

You then need to complete an application form. You also need to get your bank to complete a Bank Reference Form. Although we do not restrict the types of goods you want to sell, try and ensure that there is little duplication.

You do not necessarily have to have had experience or operate a business before but it obviously helps. Our Markets Manager can offer advice and assistance to new traders. You can also speak to our existing traders who are happy to assist and have a wealth of experience.

Licence fees charged depends upon the market, shape and size, position and demand for the stall or unit. We are unable to confirm the weekly fee without speaking to you first about your requirements.

In the covered markets the only other outgoing payable is electricity which is metered on your stall. On the outdoor market the only other possible cost is the rental if you require one of the market's steel framed stalls.

You are required to hold third party liability insurance which can be purchased from a number of companies. You may also be required to hold employer's liability insurance if you employ staff and be liable for those members of staff in relation to health and safety and employment legislation.

We currently have available internal units at both Nelson and Colne. We offer easy in/easy out terms and there may be incentives to help you start your business. Each business is different and has different needs, so please speak to the Market Manager for further details. 

What does the phrase "easy in/easy out terms" mean? 

  • We have a simple agreement to sign
  • We don't take weeks to agree terms
  • We do not require lengthy and potentially costly notice periods
  • We will work with you to agree a licence quickly and on terms which are beneficial to both parties

The above is still subject to agreeing terms and conditions and you will still be subject to market rules.

On the open market we collect the licence fee on the day after you have set up for trading. In the covered markets we prefer to collect rent by standing order or direct debit. Covered market rents are charged monthly in advance.

In the covered market we usually allow traders one or two weeks to fit out the stall/unit for trading and do not normally charge rent. The period allowed will be agreed in advance between the parties. Any noisy or dusty work must be carried out when the market is closed to customers. The times for such work can be agreed with the market staff.

At both markets we have small preparation areas which are available for use by all traders. Market staff will clean them at end of the day but these areas must be kept clean by traders making use of them. No extra charge is made for use of these areas.

Outdoor stalls

To make enquiries about stalls at our Street Market in Nelson, and our Outdoor Market in Colne contact the Markets Manager. Please note we can not always accommodate casual traders.

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