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Become a trader at Leicester Markets

Leicester Market is located in the heart of the city centre and has a proud history of over 700 years. The market has over 150 outdoor stalls and 19 units selling fruit, vegetables and other products.

Market information

There is also a food hall selling meat, fish, cheese, and deli products. Both the market and food hall are open Monday – Saturday but closed on bank holidays (excluding Good Friday).

Leicester also has another, smaller market. Beaumont Market has over 40 stalls and units selling fruit and vegetables, books, clothing, second hand goods, bric-a-brac and more. Beaumont Market is open Wednesday – Saturday with a casual market and car boot on Sunday.

Many successful businesses have started on markets and it’s a great way to see if starting your own business is right for you.

How do I become a trader?

Becoming a new trader at Leicester is simple and straightforward. As a casual trader you can experiment with trading on different days and locations so you can get an idea of what works best for you. The best thing is there is no obligation for you to trade for any period of time so you can choose what suits your schedule. There are limitations to the products that can be sold at the market including restricted commodities which are listed on our website.

Trading some goods such as food requires extra checks which need to be completed in advance.

Do I need to book a stall in advance?

In the first instance, yes, there are a few formalities that need to be completed. Firstly, send all relevant paperwork (see below) to markets@leicester.gov.uk with a summary of what you will be selling and your desired trading days.

You will be contacted by a member of our development team and if your products are accepted, you will be asked to meet to discuss things further and confirm the location of the stall allocated to you.

We reserve the right to refuse any trader.

What paperwork do I need to become a trader?

  • Photo ID: passport or driver’s license
  • Proof of address: recent utilities bill or bank statement
  • Proof of insurance: all traders are required to hold public and product liability insurance for up to £5 million (please wait to purchase this until after your commodity has been approved)
  • Food: relevant information on food hygiene rating

How much does it cost?

The costs per stall per day is £23. This includes a levy charge of 20 pence per stall per day.

What is a levy charge?

All market traders pay a levy charge of 20 pence per stall per day. This payment is collected by us on behalf of the market trader’s publicity and promotion account. The publicity and promotion account is solely ran by representatives of market traders which pays for various activities and resources which promotions the market.

You will need insurance

Before you start you will need to check what insurances you will need. Markets tend to ask for public and product liability insurance with a minimum cover of £5m. This insurance covers you if a customer injures themselves at your stall and if any item or product you sell causes harm to a buyer.

Employer’s liability insurance is a legal requirement should you employee staff, even casual workers. 

You may need a more specific insurance or licenses depending on the products you are selling. If you are unsure if you need a specific license for the products you are selling, you can find information on this and other requirements at GOV.UK

Can I trade food?

We have a responsibility as part of the local authority to ensure that all food and drink sold at Leicester Markets are done so safely and hygienically. We work closely with the Environmental Health team to ensure that we are adhering to the food hygiene legislation. You can find information on our Food hygiene and safety section or FOOD.GOV.UK.

Restrictions

We do not allow traders to sell hot food or to prepare food on the outdoor market.  We have specific food units for this purpose.

Ambient food

We do allow traders to sell ambient foods, or if managed properly, refrigerated foods. This includes foods such as olives, bread, cakes, jams, chutneys, etc. Anyone selling ready–to-eat food cannot trade casually unless sufficient checks have taken place in advance.

Requirements

  • Traders must be registered as a food business with the local authority where their business is based.
  • Traders must have a food hygiene rating of at least 3 (considered good). If a business is registered, but does not yet have a food hygiene rating, then they need to provide evidence that their business is registered, and they are waiting for an inspection to take place.
  • All businesses must inform us of how they are going to manage the food safety in relation to their market activities. This is done by submitting a food hygiene risk assessment or management plan, a template for this can be found online. In this document we look to understand how the trader will manage:
    • Temperature control
    • Cross contamination
    • Rubbish
    • Handwashing
    • Cooking/hot holding
    • Refrigeration

If you have any further questions or would like to start trading at Leicester or Beaumont Leys Market please email markets@leicester.gov.uk.