Oswestry market traders join forces to attract customers

Market traders in Oswestry are joining forces to promote not only their own businesses but those of other stallholders.

Market traders in Oswestry have launched a campaign to get shoppers back out and browsing, instead of searching online
Market traders in Oswestry have launched a campaign to get shoppers back out and browsing, instead of searching online

The six stall holders, who offer fashion, fragrances and gifts, say sharing their online platforms and skills will encourage new customers into the town’s indoor market.

The collaboration is being launched with a free draw on September 9, for anyone visiting their stall on that day.

The winner will have a hamper of goodies from the six stalls worth £100.

Debbie Horne of Crafty Creations
Lowri Roberts of Siop Cwlwm and fragrance specialist Simone Lloyd

They hope that working with a team will encourage other market holders to also work together.

Taking part are Karen Richards who runs Enchanted Gifts by Karen, Lowri Roberts of Oswestry’s Welsh shop Siop Cwlwm, Louise Ridgers from The Blue Hanger Clothing Company, Crafty Creations owner Debbie Horne, Simone Lloyd of the Bohemian Nights fragrance stall and candle specialist Amanda Hartley of Aromas of Eden.

Louise Ridgers from The Blue Hanger Clothing Company
Karen Richards runs Enchanted Gifts by Karen

Giving a helping hand to the collaboration is Paul Newman, who runs the ‘Be a better fish' business club. It provides support to local business owners looking to grow or adapt their businesses.

He said: “With the help of Three Parishes Big Local, we’ve created a local club that provides on-the-ground business support and coaching to small businesses in the Oswestry area.

Lowri Roberts of Siop Cwlwm and Paul Newman from Be a better fish business club

"Working with Oswestry Town Council, we’ve been able to help market traders try different methods of adapting their business under Covid constraints, and help them attract new customers.

“It’s great to see this group of traders collaborating, sharing their knowledge and customer reach, not only to the benefit of their own businesses, but to the benefit of all traders on the Oswestry market’.

“Let’s hope local people support them by popping by their stalls in the Indoor Market on September 9, and maybe winning that fabulous gift hamper.”

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