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Traders Association has big plans for Battersea High Street

A new local business group is working with the council to rejuvenate Battersea High Street’s Saturday market and boost trade for local shops. The Battersea High Street Traders Association (BHSTA) was set up back in March with support from the council’s economic development office (EDO).  Their main aims are to attract new stallholders to the market, make the high street more attractive and help local businesses prosper. Since then four new traders have taken out a permanent market pitch and several more are expected to set up shop in the weeks ahead.

A local events programme has been put into motion which has already featured a successful literary lunch and street party.  The next big occasion will be a Christmas market on December 12. The group has also arranged for the high street to be dressed in fairy lights throughout the festive season with the costs being split between the traders and the council. Other initiatives include a new business directory to help promote the street’s niche shops and they are working closely with the local Safer Neighbourhood Police Team to improve safety and security in the area.

Battersea High Street is home to a popular blend of independent shops, boutiques, pubs, cafes and restaurants including Galapagos Foods, Costa’s Barbers Casual Wear, Chez Manny, The Bellevue Pup, The Castle Pub and the newly arrived Varanasi Chefs. The Saturday market, which is managed by Wandsworth Council, offers everything from vintage clothing and flowers, to fresh fruit and veg.  To find out more about taking out a pitch contact Sharon Wright: stwright@wandsworth.gov.uk / 0208 871 8545.

For more information about setting up a trading association contact the council’s economic development office: edo@wandsworth.gov.uk / 020 8871 6884.

Date posted: 3 November 2010