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New boss aims to boost Blackburn Market
A COMMERCIAL manager has been appointed to promote Blackburn’s market, delighting traders.
Rossendale resident David Smith, who previously worked at Manchester’s Trafford Centre, will work to attract new customers and stallholders.
He said he would do all he could to make sure the two-year-old £8million market, below The Mall, goes ‘from strength to strength’.
Mr Smith joins the team after new figures showed an increase in visitors to Blackburn with Darwen borough rose by three per cent from 3.6 million in 2011 to 3.72 million in 2012, mainly shoppers and day trippers.
Existing market manager Keith Holden will concentrate on ensuring facilities are up to scratch.
Mr Smith will focus on attracting new traders, building on market business, and using social media to let people know what is going on.
He said: “Blackburn Market is a great institution and we want to see it go from strength to strength and carry on being an integral part of the borough. One of the main things I will be looking at is ways to drive more footfall into the market, to show customers everything we have to offer here, which is so varied.
“I would like to see more young customers, as we offer some of the best local produce and some great diversity in the non-food stalls. This is about working as a team with the traders and working together for the future of the market.”
Daniel Moffett, owner of Butler’s Family Restaurant said: “I think this is a good idea. We need someone to sell the market to people outside the town and get coach parties in here.”
Malcolm Marsden, of Whitaker’s Butcher, said: “I’m in favour of this. We need to do everything we can to promote the market to shoppers in the borough and outside. This is good news.”
Blackburn with Darwen Council regeneration boss Maureen Bateson said: "The markets are a major asset and a part of its history and we want them to carry on growing.
“He has particular expertise in this field and will be looking at adding new traders, promoting the market and encouraging as many people as possible to use it."
David lives with his wife Marie in Ramsbottom and previously worked for WH Smith at the Trafford Centre and the Bruntwood Group in Manchester.
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