Apply for a free market stall to test your business idea

Do you want to run a market stall, open a shop or start an online business? Whatever your idea, we’re giving local people the opportunity to try out their ideas and products at the market free of charge. Many of those who started out at the market have gone on to open shops or develop a business as a result of the experience. 

Matteo3.jpgIf you live in E5, E8 or E9 we can give you all the support you’ll need to test your ideas and see if you can turn them into a job; for up to four weeks if you claim Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) or ESA (Employment & Support Allowance). What you get:

  • A free pitch and market stall with table and cover 4 weeks on the market between Glenarm Road and Blurton Road
  • Support from on-site market managers
  • Informal mentoring and advice from the Chatsworth Road team and other traders
  • Online promotion on the Chatsworth Road website, Facebook and Twitter
  • To sell food related items you need to register with Environmental Health for an inspection to have your premises signed off

This is a great opportunity to test your idea and see where it leads!

Terms and conditions

  • You must live in the postcode area for E5, E8 or E9 to be considered for the scheme
  • You must receive benefits to apply for the scheme – Jobseeker’s Allowance (JSA), New Enterprise Allowance (NEA) or ESA (Employment & Support Allowance)
  • A free stall is available for  up to four weeks if you are in receipt of the named benefits and you can apply for a free market licence for six months if you want to continue
  • If you receive benefits it is your responsibility to check that you can take part in the scheme without it impacting your benefits
  • CRTRA will provide you with a free stall for 4 weeks (saving £25 per week)
  • Hackney Council will not charge a pitch fee for 4 weeks (saving £15 per week)
  • To sell food related items, you will need a food hygiene certificate
  • CRTRA will provide public liability insurance your free trading days at the market
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E5, E8 and E9 residents only!

If you are unable to confirm you are in receipt of the benefits listed and live in E5, E8 or E9 unfortunately you do not qualify for the programme. To apply for a regular stall click here for the form.


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