Kettering market rebranding shortlisted for award

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A market that has quadrupled in size in the past 12 months has been shortlisted for a national award - just over a year since its operators pulled out of running it.

Kettering Council took over the running of the town’s market after previous operator Hughmark Continental Ltd pulled out in summer 2011.

The council cut fees, offered free parking, and rebranded the market, and now the market has been announced as a finalist in the Regeneration and Renewal Awards 2012, in the category of Boosting High Street Vitality.

In the past year, the Wednesday flea market has increased from four stalls to 22.

Paul Thomas, town centre regeneration programme manager, said: “The market is starting to bring in more than it ever did.

“We involved Tresham college who helped rebrand the market and design stalls, and I this is a good example all round of a great community and partnership effort.”

Judges will visit Kettering next week on Friday, September, 21, ahead of an awards ceremony in London in November where the winner will be announced.

Kettering is up against five other projects from the likes of Birmingham and London.