Keep it Local: Ealing
Eat Me Drink Me’s "Keep it Local” scheme, sponsored by Ealing Council offers practical support to local independent businesses to help them start market trading. If you're a young business, who hasn't yet traded at markets, read on...
You might be a home baker, jewellery creator, artist, designer, jam maker, or producing other delicious produce at home. You might already be selling online or perhaps you've not sold anything yet. Whatever stage you're at, if you live or work within the borough of Ealing, we would love to hear from you.
Our Keep it Local scheme gives advice on the health and safety documentation required to trade at markets. Traders selected for the scheme also benefit from being able to borrow one of our council-owned 3x3m gazebos for their first four markets, as well as reduced pitch fees during this time. This trial period can really help you figure out how you would like to proceed with markets and your business..
To apply, first register to be a trader with Eat Me Drink Me here.
Then apply to trade at Ealing Artisan Market 2018 here.
Make sure within that application you check the box that says you are interested in the Keep it Local scheme. Tell us a little bit about yourself, why you think you fit the scheme and your links to Ealing. Any questions, email: KimberlyDG@eat-me-drink-me.co.uk
Market Success Stories..it all started with Keep it Local
Eat Me Drink Me's CraftedW5 market (now Ealing Artisan) was my first ever all-day outdoor stall. To have a local stall was a great opportunity for me, but having never traded before, I was quite nervous. Eat Me Drink Me’s ‘Keep it Local scheme’ gave me the helping hand I needed.
The loan of a gazebo was a great way for me to see how my business would work in an outdoor environment. I sell prints so keeping my products dry and shielded from the wind was of utmost importance to me. Being able to borrow the gazebo without having to invest in such an expensive piece of equipment was an ideal way for me to find out if markets work for my business and see what equipment I many need to invest in to grow my business in the future. They guided me through tailoring my risk assessment and were on hand to answer questions and provide ideas to overcome my rookie fears.
Having a market that promotes local businesses is a great benefit to traders like me and helped me gained so much confidence. Market trading is now a core part of my business.
Charlotte Berridge, Ealing based illustrator and print maker
Apply to be a trader at one of our markets!
We have a number of applications open for markets and festivals.