FOUNDED BY TRADERS FOR TRADERS
Make It Blue is an initiative started by traders, with the aim of helping to bring a new generation of market traders to the heart of Bermondsey at the Blue Market, one of London’s oldest street markets.
In recent times the Blue Market has seen many of its longstanding traders retire and we support new entrepreneurs and micro businesses to ‘test trade’ on a market stall to offer a more diverse range of products and services to meet the changing demography of the area.
A group of passionate local businesses and traders have campaigned successfully to gain funding for improvements and in 2021 the ‘Market’ had a major makeover with improved facilities for traders, including fixed trading canopies with better signage and connections to Market Place.
The work was part of the ‘Made in Bermondsey‘ regeneration project, funded by the GLA, which also includes a brand new town centre clock tower, public drinking fountain, performance space with more greening and seating.
We want our traders to benefit from this and all the new regeneration coming to the area and help put the Blue Market firmly back on the map as a ‘proper’ market that caters for the needs of the local community and attracts visitors from far and wide.
If you are a new or start up business, or are selling on social media and want to take that next step and try something new, we are here to provide a platform and the opportunity for you.
We welcome a diverse range of products/business ideas and offer on the ground support, promotion and access to a wide range of business support services through our networks.
We want to help our traders build their business, gain confidence and push it a little bit further and are always on the lookout for new traders.
If you would like to give us a try simply apply.
All you will need before applying is:
- Proof of identity.
- Market Traders Insurance.
Please note that if you are selling food you will also need:
- Level 2 Food Safety In Catering Certificate and be registered with Southwark Council as a food trader.
You can click here to go to Southwark council and register.
Before approving your application, you will be asked to meet us at the market office with required documents to find out more about trading conditions and tell us a bit about your business and products.
You will receive an email from us approving you application. Then you can book a pitch by following these simple steps:
- Register on our app by clicking the button below.
- You will receive a confirmation email.
- Then just log in, choose the date you want to trade, pay the £20.00 pitch fee and away you go.
If you want to find out more about Make It Blue, email us
Or if you prefer contact us through our social media
We’d love to hear a little bit about you and your business
Market place is located in the Blue Bermondsey in a pedestrianised square and is the hub of the ‘Blue’ which is Bermondsey’s traditional town centre.
How to get to Market Place SE16?
- By underground /train: 10 minutes walk from both Bermondsey underground and South Bermondsey stations.
- By bus: Southwark Park Rd is served by bus routes 1, 381 & P12
- By bicycle, with many parking racks available
- By car: Limited free on-street parking