My Name is Mel Winning I am part of a group of volunteers who have a business in Manningtree Essex. The Manningtree Business Chamber. This year as part of the chamber I started the Manningtree Vintage & Collectables Market one Saturday in the month over the summer in the heart of the Town to see if we could boost the numbers visiting the established food and clothes market and help traders, shops keepers and cafe’s. With virtually no budget we have seen a 5 times increase in business for the cafe’s and shops, it has been wonderful to see the town come alive as a medieval market town, it was perfectly suited to the towns heritage. Manningtree has all the problems of small towns, with shops closed being replaced by charity shops and funeral parlours and empty shops in the high street where landlords are waiting for change of planning, or just leaving them empty. We would like to take the idea forward to next year but we need funding to be able to do that.
What we'll deliver:
Why it's a great idea:
Manningtree is a beautiful and historic Market Town. This year we have run a Vintage & Collectables Market to help the shop keepers and cafe's stay open. It was a great success this year and the people of Manningtree have gained so much from seeing a dieing town come alive on Market day. To help it survive we need to grow and attract more visitors.
Steps to get it done:
We have the support of the community to enlarge the event to make Manningtree a visitor destination, we would like to provide some paid work for the towns young and older people and support the reclaim revolution by providing a platform for artist working with recycled, remade items alongside our vintage and antiques traders. The Manningtree Business chamber is a group of individuals who live and work in Manningtree, we are all volunteers and work hard to make Manningtree a great Town to live in. All profits made go back to the town to fund events.
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