Trading Spaces

  1. Standards information

    1. You must be at least 18 years old, permitted to work in the UK, and have our advance permission to sell, store or display any items at our markets. Permission may be granted: 
      1. on a first-come-first-served basis for trading at our Sunday Market and Car Boot 
      2. by way of a casual allocation process for trading at our outdoor Longsight Market and Gorton Pop-up Market, following a successful casual application 
      3. by way of a licence agreement for our Sunday Market food operators, for trading and storage at our Longsight and Wythenshawe Markets, and for storage spaces at our Gorton Indoor Market, following a successful application for occupancy. 
      4. by way of a lease agreement for trading at our Gorton Indoor Market and New Smithfield Wholesale Market, following a successful application for occupancy. 
    2. You can only use the trading space we allocate to you. You must occupy the trading space in accordance with the terms and conditions of the service standards and your registration or occupancy agreement. You must not sublet any trading space allocated to you. Where you fail to occupy the trading space in accordance with the terms of your occupancy agreement, the agreement may be ended by written notice. 
    3. Daily / casual traders should not expect to be allocated the same daily trading space at each attendance. If you refuse any daily trading space, we may not offer an alternative. Daily trading spaces are limited and there is no guaranteed availability. 
    4. We may not allocate a trading space where we: 
      1. feel it will adversely affect the trader mix at the market 
      2. have closed the trading space 
      3. wish to use the space for other reasons. 
    5. At any time, we may need to re-assign your allocated trading space. In this instance we will work with you to find a suitable alternate location. 
    6. We may require emergency access to your allocated trading space when you are not present. Where access has not been provided, in emergencies we may need to force entry. 
    7. Trading spaces can only be used for selling, offering, displaying and storage of authorised goods and services. Authorised goods and services are those included in your occupancy agreement, or as agreed by the market management team at the time of daily allocation. There are some things you cannot sell, store or display on our markets. You must get written permission from us to change the authorised goods and services included in your occupancy agreement; you can apply for this using our online form.  
    8. Other than when used for trading on our outdoor markets, do not use your trading space for the purpose of garaging vehicles other than Forklift Trucks (FLTs) for use by you in connection with your permitted business at the market without our express written permission. To apply for permission email the market management team. LPG powered FLTs should only be garaged in well-ventilated spaces which are free from flammable material, particularly when parking overnight or for longer periods.
    9. Do not use the trading space for pitching, i.e., calling out with or without the use of an amplifier, unless we have given you permission to do so. 
    10. Do not alter or extend the trading space in any way without our prior consent. There is no build out permitted. You must undertake your business, including displaying and depositing your goods and equipment, from within the perimeter of your allocated trading space. Unattended goods are left at the owner's risk. We reserve the right to remove goods and equipment displayed or deposited beyond the permitted boundary of your allocated trading space. Especially where causing a nuisance, obstruction, or hazard. Items shall be either placed in your trading space or, especially in the case of perishable goods, removed and disposed of. For non-compliance of the market health and safety requirements, we will issue you with an Infringement Notice, which will detail the contravention and remedial action required. You will be charged an administration fee of £55 +VAT for each Infringement Notice issued. You will be recharged for any disposal costs incurred. 
    11. Keep all market walkways, and general trading areas free from goods, equipment, and debris. Keep everything within and around your allocated trading space in a clean and tidy condition and free from refuse. 
    12. All sales, returns, repairs and refunds must comply with The Consumer Rights Act 2015. You must comply with all requirements for: 
      1. the sale of food, toys, second-hand goods, alcohol and smoking related products; and 
      2. the use of single-use plastics
    13. All goods you sell must be as described, safe, of satisfactory quality and fit for their purpose. This includes second-hand goods, although customers should not expect these to be perfect. All services you provide and work you undertake should be carried out: 
      1. as agreed, 
      2. with reasonable care and skill, 
      3. within the agreed timescale or within a reasonable time, 
      4. within the agreed price or for a reasonable charge, where a charge is appropriate. 
    14. Where required for safe use, all goods, including second-hand, must be supplied with the necessary instructions written in English. 

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