A popular market in Ruddington has received funding to support its growth and expansion, attracting thousands of visitors to the village each month and boosting the local economy.
Rushcliffe Borough Council has provided £14,800 in match funding through its Strategic Growth Fund to Ruddington Village Community Partnership (RVCP) to support the running of Ruddington Village Market which now sees over 75 participating businesses each month.
The market is set up and run by volunteers and funding went towards a market manager post, advertising costs, pitch markers and equipment to help set up the market.
It builds on years of support from the Council and its Strategic Growth Board which has been delighted at the exceptional way coordinators have evolved the market’s offering.
Held on the first Saturday of every month from 9 am to 2 pm, organisers from the RVCP welcome visitors to the village market on The Green and the chance to explore and shop at other independent businesses, and enjoy live music and entertainment for the family.
The authority’s Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Communities and Climate Change Cllr Abby Brennan and Ruddington Ward Councillors Cllr Jen Walker and Cllr Mike Gaunt met organisers and volunteers to see how integral the market is to the local community.
Cllr Brennan said: “This is an impressive market which benefits the whole area and is fantastic for the local community. The market shines a light on the great local high street and independent businesses we have in Rushcliffe and further afield.
“It is a super shopping experience for visitors and there are a wide range of businesses from food and drink stalls to arts and crafts, pet supplies and much more. There are even miniature donkeys which is popular with families!
“Our funding has contributed to support and growth of the market and we can see it’s a huge success. The opening hours have recently been extended which shows the demand for the market.
“Initiatives like this are vital for supporting local economic growth and the organisers and volunteers do a tremendous job running this successful venture.”
Chair of RVCP Mike Ader added: “Support from Rushcliffe Borough Council has been vital to the success of the market and the wider activities of RVCP.
“Since our inception in 2018, we have recognised the importance of economic growth to our independent high street, and the huge role a vibrant visitor economy plays in the sense of pride, ownership and resilience in our community.
“Through projects such as Ruddington Village Market and Makers Night, we have raised profile of Ruddington as a place to visit and invest in, and assistance from the Strategic Growth Fund has been invaluable to realising these aims.”
Previous funding also contributed to the inaugural Rudd Awards which took place in November last year showcasing the community heroes and businesses in the village.
The Strategic Growth Fund is managed by the Strategic Growth Board made up of representatives from Rushcliffe Borough Council, Nottinghamshire County Council, Homes England, D2N2 Local Enterprise Partnership and Rushcliffe Business Partnership.