As the £1.8m refurbishment of Idlewells Market draws to a conclusion, traders are looking forward to successfully developing their businesses.
The 12-month project has seen a new reconfigured layout, improved accessibility and better lighting introduced.
A new ramp and signage is also now complete at the Market Street entrance, providing shoppers of all ages with access to the ever-improving retail offer.
Alan Bakalarczyk of Alan’s Family Butchers feels the improvements to the market have brought it ‘bang up to date’. “The future of the market can only be good; it must be the most up to date market for miles around”.
Geoff Webster Butchers’ Samantha Scothern says that the refurb has made for a much better environment for both traders and shoppers. “It is now a cleaner, fresher and more appealing place to be for all age groups. Overall we are very impressed at how it is looking and are very excited to be part of it”.
Jayne and Melissa Calders from Jenny’s Lingerie are looking forward to welcoming new traders to Idlewells. “We hope that the new look market will now encourage new businesses to come forward as well as bringing in a new, larger customer base”.
Joy Hoskins, who trades at Memory Lane Cards, said “The improvements are outstanding; the atmosphere of the market has changed incredibly. I believe we have a bright future and can only hope that our loyal customers love our market too”.
Following the Council’s decision to keep the market open throughout the refurbishment, Malcom Keeling of Colledges Butchers said that the Council have been pro-active in their support and communications throughout the process. “They have let us get on with our business as usual and the Markets team have especially pulled out all the stops to make it as pain-free as possible”.
New businesses are also starting to arrive, including De Yabba Pot, a Caribbean food trader, and Beauty Zone, a beauty specialist. Ashfield District Council are also welcoming more traders to come and get a piece of the action.
“This is a great opportunity for new and existing traders and businesses to develop their retail offer,” said Councillor Don Davis, Deputy Leader of the Council and Portfolio Holder for Place and Economic Growth. “With great transport links and state of the art facilities, there’s no better time to get in touch with the team and see how you could make your business thrive at Idlewells”.
The cost of the Market improvement works has been met by Ashfield District Council and with £375,000 from the D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership’s Local Growth Fund (LGF) allocation, worth more than £250million. LGF funding has been awarded to the 38 LEPs in England, to invest in infrastructure in their areas which directly promotes economic growth.
D2N2 is the private sector-led partnership of business, local authorities, skills and training providers, and community and voluntary services which promotes economic and jobs growth across Derby, Derbyshire, Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Sajeeda Rose, D2N2 Senior Manager (Growth Deal and Capital Programmes), said: “Strong retail centres and markets at the heart of town centres across the D2N2 LEP area are vital; to create great places to live, economic growth and to support the creation of more jobs.
“As the area’s Local Enterprise Partnership we recognise this and are making significant investments in supporting town centres, enabling them to maintain their attractiveness to customers and businesses.”