Supporting community-led projects to help your local area recover from the COVID-19 crisis
By rejuvenating Berwick Street Market, we will serve as a community model in which independent producers not found elsewhere on supermarket shelves are invited to showcase their artisanal products. Producers will be invited based on their commitment to quality, nutrition, sustainability, and positive social impact. BSTS aims to create an environment that not only welcomes but encourages passionate producers to engage with residents and visitors but also serves as a platform to introduce innovative, quality products to local businesses. We will bring the market back to health by improving the warehouse/storage facilities for the current and future market traders and focus on further hygiene proposals which will include toilet and washroom facilities. planning permission for a sign above the market is very likely but has not yet come through, if for any reason it is not granted, no money for this element will be taken from backers.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Berwick Street Traders’ Society (BSTS) halted the privatization of Soho’s famous and historic market place with the support of 37,000 petitioners and secured permanent licenses for all existing traders. So much more needs to be done to restore the once vibrant spirit which characterized Berwick Street Market. The market has been deprived of funds and much of its infrastructure has been sold off for private development. Markets are more important now than ever and vital to the local community’s sense of physical and mental wellbeing. A sound market infrastructure will prove beneficial to independent traders, local businesses, visitors, and residents.
Steps to get it done:
Berwick Street Market was in danger of losing its identity in March 2016 when Westminster City Council (WCC) gave unexpected notice on all trade licences issued over the last 10 years in favour of a private operator who was going to determine what was to be traded as well as the associated fees. Out of this critical situation, the Berwick Street Traders’ Society was formed.
About the space
Berwick Street Market
City of Westminster