If you are interested in trading on any of our markets, please read the details below.
All traders, including those under the Try a Trade scheme, but excluding any charitable trader must
- Be aged 16 or over
- Have a National Insurance number
- Have current Public Liability Insurance with a minimum of £5 million cover
- Read and comply with the Retail Market Regulations Loughborough 2021 (PDF Document, 0.36 Mb)
If you are intending to sell food and drink you also need to
- Be registered with a local authority as a food business
- Have a Food Hygiene Rating sticker of 3 or above or be awaiting an inspection
- Read and comply with standard food and drink hygiene practices
If you need to bring any essential electrical equipment on to the market, all appliances must be regularly PAT tested.
All new traders must complete our online application form.
Once approved any pitches must be booked online. Therefore, you need an email address, a form of electronic payment e.g. a debit or credit card and agree to our booking Terms and Conditions.
If you wish to apply to be a street trader please visit our street traders and consent web page.
Charnwood Borough Council has three types of trader.
Anyone wishing to trade on any of our markets for the first time, will be treated as a Casual trader. Once you are approved to trade on a market/markets, you will be able to book a pitch/pitches only on the markets that you have been approved for on a first come first serve basis. The Markets Team retain the right to have the absolute discretion as to the location within the market of any pitch/pitches booked.
Once you have been trading regularly on the Thursday and Saturday Loughborough Retail markets as a casual trader for six months you can request to become a Regular trader on these markets only. As part of your request and any subsequent approval you will be making a firm commitment to keep attending the market each week as agreed. Attendance will be actively monitored by the Markets Team.
The advantages of becoming a Regular trader are that the weekly pitch charge is discounted, and you have a guaranteed pitch/pitches location within the market. Although, the Markets Team do retain the absolute right to have discretion as to the location within the market of any pitch/pitches booked.
We operate a waiting list and approving a move from a Casual trader to a Regular trader is at the Markets Team’s discretion.
Full details can be found in the Market Regulations.
Any charity organisation can have one stall per annum FREE of charge at our Loughborough and Shepshed retail markets. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you wish to request a stall.
Loughborough Retail markets
Summer pitch prices start from just £25 per standard pitch (including small trailers up to 10 feet) and £50 for larger trailers up to 20 feet. Winter standard pitches are £27 (excluding trailers).
There is a small supplementary service charge per day of £2.50 for electric for one item and £7.50 for multiple items and cleansing charges (grocers only) of £3.70 per pitch booked). There is very limited parking available at our Market Yard with a charge of £6.50. There is also a cleansing charge for all traders (none grocers) of £1 included in your booking.
The retail market is now back in full swing on a Thursday and Satursday following the previous restrictions from Covid-19 and the regeneration project. We have availability on Thursdays and Saturday retail markets for new traders in various locations.
Vintage and Collectors and Farmers' and Craft markets
Pitch prices start from just £15 per standard pitch (including small trailers up to 10 feet) and £30 for larger trailers up to 20 feet.
There is a small supplementary service charge of £2.50 for electric for one item and £7.50 for multiple items.There is very limited parking available at our Market Yard with a charge of £6.50.
We are actively looking to expand these markets and would welcome new traders and look forward to receiving your application.
Shepshed Retail market
Pitch prices start from just £12 per standard pitch (including small trailers up to 10 feet) and £24 for larger trailers up to 20 feet.
There is a small supplementary service charge of £2.50 for electric for one item and £7.50 for multiple items.
Due to the high popularity of this market we currently have no availability for new Casual traders.
However, you can still apply as we are operating a waiting list.
General information for all markets
You can start setting up from 5am on the market day.
Standard stalls and gazebos supplied by the Council have a total pitch size of approximately 10 feet x 10 feet and come ready assembled. Stalls have a board and canopy and gazebos have two tables. Winter lighting is also supplied.
You can bring your own infrastructure. However, this must be approved first as part of the application process. For those who are not bringing their own infrastructure, the stalls/gazebos will be already assembled with boards and a cover (weather permitting).
We do advise stallholders to bring along additional sheets and clips for added protection as these are not included.
There are some pitches that offer electric power but as these are limited you need to be approved to be allocated one, this will be done as part of the application process.
Loughborough market additional information
When the market is operating there is no vehicle movement allowed between 9am and 4pm due to a Leicestershire County Council Traffic Regulation Order. All trading must cease by 5.30pm and all traders must have left the Market Site by 6.30pm.
Market traders’ newsletter
We produce a regular e-newsletter for market traders to keep you up to date with what’s happening in the Market Place and also offering marketing and PR advice for your stalls.
If you are a current market trader, sign up to our market traders’ e-newsletter by emailing email@example.com.
Last updated: Mon 10th October, 2022 @ 11:01