Flourishing Rose:Rosehill Traders Market

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Flourishing Rose:Rosehill Traders Market

Flourishing Rose:Rosehill Traders Market

Rosehill Traders Association By Rosehill Traders Association

The Rosehill Traders Association is seeking to re-establish the once-popular traders market. This would deliver new jobs; drive footfall; support existing businesses; and bring the community together.

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The market area currently boasts the full infrastructure to support a bustling street market where 10 pitches are attractively marked out with up-to-date installations to access power. Currently, however, there are no traders bar one. The 'Flourishing Rose' seeks to re-establish a weekly market and, once established, twice-weekly. There is also the opportunity to expand the market beyond its 10 pitches. This project will stimulate Rosehill's economic vitality by encouraging residents to shop locally, attract shoppers from outside of Rosehill and therefore drive footfall. It will also attract passing trade and spur entrepreneurship by providing an opportunity for local residents in a deprived densely-populated ward to start their own business, under the management of the Sutton Council's Street Licencing team. The market will be launched in December 2015 alongside the Rosehill Christmas Fair and Christmas Lights switch on.

What we'll deliver:

  • To re-establish a market to run weekly
  • To attract ten market traders and create 20 jobs
  • To encourage members of the community to transform a hobby into a business opportunity
  • To provide members of the community with the tools to start their own business
  • To capture the area's ethnic diversity and represent this through goods sold on the market
  • To organise a successful launch event (Christmas Festival) tied with the switch on of the Rosehill Christmas Lights

Why it's a great idea:

There is great desire from Rosehill's business and residential community to reverse the decline of Rosehill District Centre. The Rosehill Traders Association seeks to enhance Rosehill's economic vitality and viability through the re-establishment of its once-bustling street market. An on-going survey conducted by local traders and at the recent St Helier Festival has thus far shown a 96% support rate from over 70 local residents for the revitalisation of the market, with a quarter calling for a plants and gardening market, followed by street food (17%) and a Farmers Market (15%). These goods will primarily be sold on the market to reflect consumer demand, therefore making the market sustainable and vibrant. The market will cater for Rosehill's diverse residential and working population, particularly staff and visitors at the nearby St Helier Hospital. This increased footfall will also benefit existing businesses which have experienced a decline in footfall by 25% over the past year.

Steps to get it done:

  • Rosehill Traders Association to oversee project delivery with regular monthly meetings and realistic goals
  • Advertise market pitch opportunities extensively through offline and online channels including leaflets and social media
  • Inform local residents of business opportunities through local councillors and other community groups
  • Signpost people to the Opportunity Sutton Local Centres Toolkit for information on starting a business
  • Approach ethnic groups within the community to inform them of the business opportunities available
  • Ongoing evaluation to monitor project progress and adjust as necessary

The Rosehill Traders Association was established in 2007 and comprises over 15 members. The Traders Association, in association with the St Helier, The Wrythe and Wandle Valley Local Committee, secured funding for hanging baskets and flower troughs. The Association was also responsible for the introduction of extended parking scheme in Rosehill and hold a well-attended, yearly Christmas community event. The Rosehill Traders Association is well supported by the London Borough of Sutton, local councillors, the Safer Neighbourhood Team and the Sutton Chamber of Commerce.

Rosehill is already well connected by public transport and is served by 6 bus routes. Rosehill's connectivity will be further enhanced by the potential Tramlink extension to Sutton, with a tram stop proposed for Rosehill. There is overwhelming support for the Tramlink extension (84%) which will enable local businesses and market traders to widen their consumer catchment area.

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Location Carshalton

Carshalton has 6 other projects and £905,000 in potential grant funding

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