Thanet District Council has selected a new operator for Ramsgate Market, following a competitive tendering process.
Three submissions were received during the marketing period. After a thorough review and interviews with all of the potential market operators, Bray Associates has been selected to relaunch the market.
Bray Associates is one of the leading market operators in the UK with over 20 years’ experience. They currently manage markets for 13 local authorities. Their understanding of market operations will be key to relaunching the new enterprise in Ramsgate.
Following the introduction of national lockdown restrictions, Ramsgate market was unable to continue for safety reasons, and the previous operator subsequently withdrew. It was closed in October 2020.
In June 2022, Cabinet approved proposals to secure a new operator for the market. It also agreed to remove existing street trading and hawking restrictions on the High Street, King Street and Queen Street.
Bray Associates plans to launch the new market in Ramsgate in April 2024, and expects to have between 15 and 30 traders. The market will be held on Ramsgate High Street, King Street and Queen Street.
Cllr Ruth Duckworth, Cabinet Member for Regeneration and Growth at Thanet District Council, said: “Ramsgate residents have been telling us that they are keen to see the market return. A successful market provides a real focus for any town. Markets bring increased footfall to town centres, and we are confident that this will help Ramsgate’s existing businesses to thrive.
“We believe that the appointment of Bray Associates is in the best interests of our community and will ensure the market’s sustainability in the long run.”
Brian Nunan, Managing Director of Bray Associates, said “I am proud that Bray Associates has been appointed by Thanet District Council to manage Ramsgate Market. I am looking forward to working with the council to rejuvenate the Friday market, bringing in new customers and shoppers which will benefit local businesses and the town centre.
“Ramsgate, a well known seaside location with many attractions, has the ability to support a thriving high street market. It will bring vibrancy to the area, serving the local community and supporting the hotels and accommodation in the surrounding area.
“We are looking forward to welcoming both experienced and new traders, and encouraging charities and young entrepreneurs to apply for a market stall.”
Traders who are interested in applying to take part in the market should contact the Bray Associates Head Office on 01895 639912 or firstname.lastname@example.org