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.
Blue Bermondsey BID, a network of local businesses, in partnership with local charity Big Local Works (BLW) was successful in securing funding from the GLA for the ‘Made in Bermondsey’ regeneration project, focused on refurbishment of the Market Place.
The long-term ambition is to revitalise the Blue Market’s offer with dedicated strategy to increase prosperity, the number of stalls and provide something different. To help realise these ambitions Southwark Council has granted the operation of the Blue Market to BLW.
A dedicated market manager has been enlisted to oversee day to day operations and be a direct point of contact for traders and Make it Blue is working alongside BLW to support new entrepreneurs and micro businesses to ‘test trade’ on a market stall to offer a broader range of products and services to meet the changing demography of the area.
We want to help build a new generation of market traders who will benefit from 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 help you have a platform and support 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 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 market trading a try, simply email the Blue Market manager, Jen. On receipt of your email, you will be asked to come to BLW office in Market Place to find out more about trading conditions and tell her a bit about your business and products.
If granted a permit to trade, you will need to provide the following:
- 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 your local Council as a food trader.
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