A place for small businesses to thrive in Bordon

Tuesday 26th July 2022 6:00 am
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The logo for the Makers’ Market at The Shed in Bordon
(4U2U Group )

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A new business which should open at The Shed in August has been designed in the style of a local farm shop to offer Whitehill & Bordon residents daily essentials sourced from local suppliers.

It has been called the Makers’ Market to reflect The Shed’s philosophy as a place where shoppers can socialise while buying local produce, supporting and promoting local businesses from the roots up.

The Makers’ Market’s aim is a multi-vendor approach to give hyper-local producers and micro-businesses an opportunity to find customers for their products.

It will have its own on-site bakery selling freshly baked goods every day, and it will roast the beans used to craft customers’ coffees.

It will champion local suppliers like JCs Fruit and Veg, The Milk Club, Naomi Preserves and Dolly Pots.

The Makers’ Market is another venture at The Shed which has been launched by the 4U2U Group.

Its managing director Dayne Cartwright said: “We are extremely lucky to have been given amazing opportunities to grow our business over the past 12 months and we are aware that small businesses would love the same opportunities.

“When we saw the available space I wanted to create a retail experience that offers other local and micro-businesses the same type of opportunity as we had when starting out.

“Serving our local community is at the heart of what we do and we want to support others.

“This is about providing local residents with their daily essentials.”

Mr Cartwright said residents had been “vocal” about the lack of places to buy fresh produce and other convenience goods in the new town centre, with “specific requests” for a baker and access to a wider selection of fresh goods.

The Makers’ Market will open at 7am for freshly roasted coffee made on site, croissants, other fresh baked goods, milk, juice and newspapers.

The team also hopes to make daily deliveries soon after launching.

Whitehill & Bordon Regeneration Company project lead James Child said: “We are continuing to work with local businesses to build a robust local economy that supports the town as it grows.

“The Makers’ Market is about giving small businesses and local producers the opportunity to grow and establish themselves in the town.”

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