Tuesday, 4 May 2010

Market moves forward

Europe’s largest indoor market is set for a few changes in the next 12 months, none of which include it closing.

Leeds City Council is fully committed to the market’s future and its development, and as one of the gems of the city, it will continue to provide the freshness, variety and value for money it has done for the last 150 years for the foreseable future.

A number of new initiaitves have been brought to Kirkgate market in the last 12 months, and there are some great ideas for the future, including the introduction of Jamie’s Ministry of Food stall, which will be opening this summer.

Ongoing initiatives include the addition of business support for all traders at the market. The council has provided £250,000 for traders to tap into, which includes money for grants and business advice to help them during these tough economic times. Recently the addition of Wednesday afternoon opening has been put in place after suggestions from the traders, with the incentive of free car parking opposite the market for the afternoon.

The introduction of CCTV and closer working with the police has resulted in a significant reduction in crime and anti-social behaviour at the market and has created a safer more comfortable environment for shoppers and traders alike.

The next 12 months will see an additional £250,000 to be invested in the market and consultations with traders representatives on how it could best be used are on going.

Cath Follin, head of city centre and markets said:
“Recent rumours about the potential closure of Kirkgate market couldn’t be more wrong. We’d like to reassure traders and shoppers that we are completely committed to Kirkgate and its future.

“The market is a big part of Leeds and its heritage. We are committed to continuing to improve the market and encouraging more and more people to visit and shop there. It is a truly spectacular space and offers such a wide variety of different items.

“We are comitted to the market’s future, and have no plans to close the market. We are continuing to work with traders to identify ways in which the market can be improved and bring new businesses into the market.”

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk

Sweet taste of success for fundraising event

Unicorns, feathers, sequins and prawn crackers were all on offer to Leeds residents at the Flavour of China charity event last week.

The event held at Headlingley stadium, left a sweet taste in the mouth of fundraisers as almost £2000 was raised for the Lord Mayor’s charities.

The evening featured Chinese themed entertainment accompanied by a Chinese food buffet, all in aid of raising money for this years Lord Mayor’s charity appeal.

The evening was full of entertainment with performances from the Red Fan Chinese Dance Society from Manchester, the Leeds Chinese community school and the local Wah Kwong Chinese community association.

The Lord Mayor of Leeds, councillor Judith Elliot said:
“The event was a huge success, and I would like to thank everyone involved for organising and supporting such a brilliant night and raising money for three very worthwhile charities.”

The evening was part of celebrations for the 21 years of partnership with Leeds’ partner city of Hangzhou.

All the money raised will be donated to this years Lord Mayor’s chosen charities Leeds Samaritans, Middleton Riding for the Disabled and Create.

Notes to editors:

Several local businesses and organistions supported the night including; Headingley Experience, the Leeds Chinese Community Association, Fine Orient, Headingley, The Chinese Brush Painters Society (Yorkshire), Blackwell's Bookshop, The Royal Armouries, The Met Hotel, Leeds, The Alhambra Theatre, Bradford , The Grand Theatre, Leeds and Leeds University Union Wing Chun Kung Fu Club.

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For media enquiries, please contact;
Cat Milburn, Leeds City Council press office (0113) 247 4450
Email: Catherine.milburn@leeds.gov.uk