A project introduced by Knowsley Council’s Town Centres team at Kirkby Market has been showcased as an example of innovative best practice by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
The council purchased a number of credit / debit card readers for traders to use, helping to encourage more visitors to the market by giving shoppers more choice on how they can make purchases, particularly younger generations who tend to use cards and not carry cash.
Additionally, the card readers are helping to increase trade for the market traders, with some reporting sales increases since offering the card payment option.
This is just one of a number of initiatives that Kirkby Market has introduced to attract more people to visit. Other initiatives include allowing local artists to exhibit their artwork in vacant units, promoting ‘trader of the month’ to showcase the array of goods available throughout the market and a monthly prize draw for visitors to win vouchers to spend at Kirkby Market. In addition, all of the food establishments in the market have achieved the prestigious 5 star food hygiene rating.
Cllr Tony Brennan, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Economic Development, said “It’s great that our initiative has been recognised and showcased at a national level. We have a thriving market here in Kirkby with over 130 stalls and with our other plans for the development of Kirkby town centre, I am confident that that visitor numbers to Kirkby Market will increase. As well as providing a great shopping experience, the market also provides a great location to socialise too. If you haven’t already, I’d encourage you to come along and take a look.”
If you’re a new or existing business looking for space at Kirkby Market, please contact the Town Centres team on 0151 443 4499.