Pop-up shopping mall in York's Merchant Adventurers’ Hall marks Small Business Saturday

York Press: Jon Dean of Cyclestreet, chats with the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, leader of the City of York Council Coun James Alexander, Small Business Saturday Ambassador Tina Boden and York Central MP Hugh Bayley at the launch of Small Business Saturday Jon Dean of Cyclestreet, chats with the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, leader of the City of York Council Coun James Alexander, Small Business Saturday Ambassador Tina Boden and York Central MP Hugh Bayley at the launch of Small Business Saturday

AN historic hall in York became a pop-up shopping mall as part of the city’s role in Small Business Saturday.

York Central MP Hugh Bayley – who once ran his own small film-making business – was among those seeing what was on offer at the Merchant Adventurers’ Hall at an event organised by City of York Council and traders’ group Proudly, set up to promote the city’s independent shops.

Locally-produced and handmade products were sold at 45 stalls, with the Lord Mayor of York, Coun Julie Gunnell, and council leader Coun James Alexander joining Mr Bayley to visit workshops and taster sessions at events around the city.

They also met Tina Boden, co-founder of Enterprise Rockers, a network launched in 2012 to provide better links for the UK’s microbusiness community.

“Small independent businesses in York make an enormous contribution to our community and are one of the things which make our city unique,” said Mr Bayley.

“Local people value the choice they get from smaller shops and know they add to the character of the area.

“They are also essential if the high street is to survive when it is up against fierce competition. Supporting small independent traders is essential, and a pound spent with them does so much more for the community than a pound spent with a large national or multinational company.”

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10:47am Mon 9 Dec 13

MrsHoney says...

Great idea, just a shame I hadn't seen any advertising for it.
Great idea, just a shame I hadn't seen any advertising for it. MrsHoney

11:04am Mon 9 Dec 13

Older Sometimes Wiser says...

MrsHoney wrote:
Great idea, just a shame I hadn't seen any advertising for it.
My thoughts entirely!
This appears to be a constant problem with York media whether Radio York or York Press, reporting ( if you are lucky) AFTER the event and not before!
I would have been happy to support such a venture even in the midst of the Christmas shopping rush if only I had been told it was on.
[quote][p][bold]MrsHoney[/bold] wrote: Great idea, just a shame I hadn't seen any advertising for it.[/p][/quote]My thoughts entirely! This appears to be a constant problem with York media whether Radio York or York Press, reporting ( if you are lucky) AFTER the event and not before! I would have been happy to support such a venture even in the midst of the Christmas shopping rush if only I had been told it was on. Older Sometimes Wiser

2:22pm Mon 9 Dec 13

robert321 says...

MrsHoney wrote:
Great idea, just a shame I hadn't seen any advertising for it.

My thoughts entirely!
This appears to be a constant problem with York media whether Radio York or York Press, reporting ( if you are lucky) AFTER the event and not before!
I would have been happy to support such a venture even in the midst of the Christmas shopping rush if only I had been told it was on.

Wot he said
MrsHoney wrote: Great idea, just a shame I hadn't seen any advertising for it. My thoughts entirely! This appears to be a constant problem with York media whether Radio York or York Press, reporting ( if you are lucky) AFTER the event and not before! I would have been happy to support such a venture even in the midst of the Christmas shopping rush if only I had been told it was on. Wot he said robert321

5:21pm Mon 9 Dec 13

Garrowby Turnoff says...

Pity it looks so empty in the Merchant Adventurers Hall as up in Parliament Street there's mayhem as shoppers fight for Christmas bargains. A bit more advertising wouldn't have gone amiss, though I never feel as though the MAH is a popular shopping venue as it smacks of jumble sales and Church bazaars.

From the picture, it looks like most of the stalls are retailers of home made goods, whereas the small businesses in York that really need help would find the venue totally impracticable for showcasing their wares.

Although the council have shown willing, it's tokenism at best. It's a pity that when it comes to purchasing contracts at council level CoYC employs a procurement policy that chooses suppliers on a lowest price rule that often means tendered work going to Cornwall or Scotland, even though local firms are quite capable and suitable.
Pity it looks so empty in the Merchant Adventurers Hall as up in Parliament Street there's mayhem as shoppers fight for Christmas bargains. A bit more advertising wouldn't have gone amiss, though I never feel as though the MAH is a popular shopping venue as it smacks of jumble sales and Church bazaars. From the picture, it looks like most of the stalls are retailers of home made goods, whereas the small businesses in York that really need help would find the venue totally impracticable for showcasing their wares. Although the council have shown willing, it's tokenism at best. It's a pity that when it comes to purchasing contracts at council level CoYC employs a procurement policy that chooses suppliers on a lowest price rule that often means tendered work going to Cornwall or Scotland, even though local firms are quite capable and suitable. Garrowby Turnoff

8:24pm Mon 9 Dec 13

MouseHouse says...

"Pop up shopping mall" - what a load of over-hyped twaddle you have produced here. I went along and it's some stalls in a hall. In the 70s this would have been a jumble sale. Pop-up shopping mall - laughable.
"Pop up shopping mall" - what a load of over-hyped twaddle you have produced here. I went along and it's some stalls in a hall. In the 70s this would have been a jumble sale. Pop-up shopping mall - laughable. MouseHouse

4:15am Tue 10 Dec 13

Magicman! says...

MouseHouse wrote:
"Pop up shopping mall" - what a load of over-hyped twaddle you have produced here. I went along and it's some stalls in a hall. In the 70s this would have been a jumble sale. Pop-up shopping mall - laughable.
Exctly... at best it is an 'indoor market'.
[quote][p][bold]MouseHouse[/bold] wrote: "Pop up shopping mall" - what a load of over-hyped twaddle you have produced here. I went along and it's some stalls in a hall. In the 70s this would have been a jumble sale. Pop-up shopping mall - laughable.[/p][/quote]Exctly... at best it is an 'indoor market'. Magicman!

9:19am Tue 10 Dec 13

MrsHoney says...

Garrowby Turnoff wrote:
Pity it looks so empty in the Merchant Adventurers Hall as up in Parliament Street there's mayhem as shoppers fight for Christmas bargains. A bit more advertising wouldn't have gone amiss, though I never feel as though the MAH is a popular shopping venue as it smacks of jumble sales and Church bazaars.

From the picture, it looks like most of the stalls are retailers of home made goods, whereas the small businesses in York that really need help would find the venue totally impracticable for showcasing their wares.

Although the council have shown willing, it's tokenism at best. It's a pity that when it comes to purchasing contracts at council level CoYC employs a procurement policy that chooses suppliers on a lowest price rule that often means tendered work going to Cornwall or Scotland, even though local firms are quite capable and suitable.
Perhaps, but the public sector unfortunately has it's hands tied as far as procurement is concerned and would probably have difficulty supporting a decision to buy locally even if they wanted to. I'm sure the auditers would have something to say about it.
[quote][p][bold]Garrowby Turnoff[/bold] wrote: Pity it looks so empty in the Merchant Adventurers Hall as up in Parliament Street there's mayhem as shoppers fight for Christmas bargains. A bit more advertising wouldn't have gone amiss, though I never feel as though the MAH is a popular shopping venue as it smacks of jumble sales and Church bazaars. From the picture, it looks like most of the stalls are retailers of home made goods, whereas the small businesses in York that really need help would find the venue totally impracticable for showcasing their wares. Although the council have shown willing, it's tokenism at best. It's a pity that when it comes to purchasing contracts at council level CoYC employs a procurement policy that chooses suppliers on a lowest price rule that often means tendered work going to Cornwall or Scotland, even though local firms are quite capable and suitable.[/p][/quote]Perhaps, but the public sector unfortunately has it's hands tied as far as procurement is concerned and would probably have difficulty supporting a decision to buy locally even if they wanted to. I'm sure the auditers would have something to say about it. MrsHoney

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