A Christmas Night Market for Margate presented by Thanet Farmers' Market and Margate Town Team. Featuring local festive food and drink, live music and fairy lights! Hot food and drinks also available. Come and do some last minute Christmas shopping and stock up with delicious local goodies.
19th December 2014, 5pm-9pm, Lower High St and Piazza. http://kfma.org.uk/Thanet
Celebrate Independent Retailer Month in July
Independent Retailer Month is a campaign that runs annually throughout July to highlight the important role smaller, local, independent retailers play in the communities they serve, the local economy they contribute to, and in the retail sector as a whole.
Independent Retailer Month - Purpose
Independent Retailer Months aims to:
The outcome will be a positive boost for the local economy and the community. Whilst the campaign runs for just a month, the vision is to help change consumer habits for the long term, creating more sustainable towns and communities.
for more information and downloadable resources - http://www.independentretailermonth.co.uk/
20th June 2014
Margate Town Team CALLS ON RESIDENTS TO SUPPORT THE HIGH STREET DURING INDEPENDENT RETAILER MONTH
Margate Town Team has lined up a summer of activities and promotions including live music, free face painting and special offers from retailers to celebrate Margate's Summer of Colour, and is calling on residents to rediscover their local high street and show their support.
Margate Town Team hopes that the events will encourage residents to shop locally, rather than doing all of their shopping with big-name supermarkets, online, or at out-of-town centres.
July marks the UK’s fourth Independent Retailer Month, which aims to raise awareness of thousands of local businesses and increase footfall into town centres, helping retailers to stay open for business, and to reduce the number of empty shops on the high street.
Kent Rural Retail Adviser & Director of Margate Town team CIC, Sharon Davies, said: “Independent Retailer Month is a really important time for shops and is a fantastic national campaign which aims to raise awareness of independent shops, we’re calling on shoppers to come along and see what Margate has to offer, not just in July but all year round!
“The number of empty shops on British high streets has hit an all-time high this year, and the only way to stop that happening is for people to visit them, and support them. While many people do shop for convenience online, or at one-stop centres, there’s no substitute for great customer service and that sense of community that comes with shopping close to home, and we want to remind people of that.
Sharon Davies continued: “from June 28th through to 6th September, Margate town team will be launching Super Saturdays to show shoppers that Margate has something a little different to offer that they won’t find at the supermarket. Customers can enjoy live (see dates and times below) , free face painting and other family based activities to encourage people to linger longer in Margate
“We’re hoping that all the retailers in the area will take part in Super Saturdays and organise their own events so that, between us, we can help restore a thriving high street to Margate, and make it the hub it once was.”
Welcome to the Margate Town Team website. The Margate Town Team was formed in May 2012. The team currently consists of 12 local people who volunteer their time to help lobby the local authority, promote and organise events, work with organisations to bring in footfall, to increase occupancy and provide a place for people to work, shop and relax.
The Margate Town Team has a clearly defined set of objectives that were specified in the original Mary Portas bid. However, the aims of the Town Team go beyond the remit of the Portas bid and therefore its objectives include these but are not limited to them. The Town Team has four overarching strategic aims:
1. To create a vibrant attractive high street through developing a food and arts culture
2. To create an identity for Margate that builds on its original heritage
3. To regenerate Margate through partnership working
4. To secure additional funding to sustain the work of the group indefinitely