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Extra monthly trading event is strengthening

By MIG: Leek Post and Times  |  Posted: September 03, 2013

  • Sunday Supplement August 2013

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A HOST of locally made wares were on display in the town centre streets of Leek at the weekend.

The monthly Sunday Supplement, once again, saw a variety of local food and artisan makers hosting stalls in Stanley Street and Sheepmarket areas, while independent shopkeepers opened their doors for Sunday trading.

The extra monthly trading day for the Staffordshire Moorlands town was introduced by the town's Totally Locally Initiative last June and has gone from strength to strength.

Co-organiser Sarah Woolliscroft said: "It's going very well, when we started the market we had 14 stalls, now we have 35 stalls and it's still growing."

The Sunday Supplement, which runs every first Sunday of the month, has already won the regional Business and Economy Category of the Town's Alive 2013 Awards, and organisers will find out in November if they have won the national award.

Fellow organiser Marc Briand added: "We are really thankful to everyone who has supported the Sunday Supplement from the stall holders and businesses to the customers."

The Totally Locally team in Leek have recently piloted a Totally Locally Pop Up Shop in the town.

Housed in the former Colloco in Sheepmarket, the shop offered local makers the opportunity to sell their wares for the period of six weeks.

The shop closed at the end of last month, but there are plans to open a similar one in Leek.

Mr Briand said: "The Pop Up shop has been a great success with visitors and residents.

"Customers have been really impressed with the quality and the variety and being locally made as well lots of visitors have been buying gifts, souvenirs and even Christmas gifts already.

"With the success of the trial we are looking into the options for the future of further Pop Up shops in Leek."

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