Worker Bee Markets are run by a seasoned market trader and marketing expert with over 20 years experience of marketing and organising events. In 2018, I saw a gap for a new kind of market organiser, who wants to help serve local communities with the best artisan and local produce stalls, whilst giving traders the best opportunities to showcase and sell quality handmade goods. I will always prioritise maker/traders as I want our customers to meet the maker where possible.
Three years on, we bring to our markets a mix of brand new makers, dipping their toes in the artisan market scene, seasoned passionate traders who make this their full time career and talented hobbyists who are spreading their love of fresh food and handmade crafts.
We are increasing our profile and events in places where we have found the best footfall and support in previous years. This means we’ll be in Bramhall Village monthly (May – December) as well as running the Artisan Market at Bramhall Festival. We’re at Broadstone Mill in Reddish monthly (April – November). We’ll also pop up in Marple Bridge for a few events, we’ll be at Manchester Rugby Club in Cheadle Hulme for two Christmas Markets and will continue to explore options with other interested venues in areas around Stockport postcodes.
With 2020 a bit of a right-off for the majority of events, our seven face to face markets were complemented with a couple of Makers’ Takeover events on Facebook in November. What we did discover is that there’s a niche for our kind of market and that customers and venues love it when we visit. In particular, Bramhall and Reddish proved hugely popular, as did Poynton, though inexplicably, they don’t want us back at Brookside in 2021, possibly because we were so popular we caused issues with the traffic!!
This year was about establishing our position on the market circuit, with regular events in North Bramhall, Gatley and Heald Green as well as pop-up events in Bramhall Village, Seashell Trust, Reddish, Hazel Grove, Cheadle Hulme and Marple Bridge.
The first ever Worker Bee Market was in North Bramhall in April. This was followed by four more at the Scout Hut, four in Heald Green and pop-up events in Didsbury and Manchester.
Worker Bee Markets had arrived on the scene!
If you’d like to become a Worker Bee Market trader, please contact me
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