Outdoor market aims to boost local businesses

Outdoor market aims to boost local businesses

by Tom Martin (October 2020)

AN entrepreneur from Burscough is hoping to bring some much-needed positivity to the town by holding an outdoor artisan and craft market.

Ailsa Mills, who has set-up her own soap and bath bomb business called Soap Delight, wants to bring the community together to enjoy some local stalls and activities in a safe environment.

This will be the third market she has organised and the most recent event attracted around 150 people across the day.

During a time when locals may be feeling concerned about going out to shops, Ailsa wants to support independent and local stores by offering them a place to show off their businesses.

Some of the stalls will include a cheese counter, woodwork and pottery, sweets and pies as well as arts and crafts for children.

There will be hand sanitisers at every stall, a one way system is in place and those in attendance are asked to wear face coverings.

It will be held on Sunday, October 25 on Crabtree Lane, near the Slipway Pub between 10am and 3.30pm.

Ailsa said: “I started this market as a small business owner who wanted to bring the community together and help to support the small independent businesses in the area at this difficult time.

“A lot of small businesses have suffered the past few months, myself included, and I just feel so awful for people who are working their hardest to create wonderful and inspiring craft work, who now don't have an outlook to help their business and sell their hand made products.

“The market follows all the current Covid guidelines; public are invited to wear a face covering/shield and follow the guidelines, as well as use the hand sanitisers at the stations provided. Last month, we applied a one-way system around the market which we will be using again.

“Currently there are 15 stalls booked on to this month's market ranging from pottery and woodwork, to handmade cards, gifts, and other goodies.

“It’s a really lovely location next to the canal so people can come to enjoy the market and then maybe have a walk or a coffee.”

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