Gravesham Borough Council has been awarded a €471,000 share of a project worth approximately €5 million that will open up opportunities for market traders to access tailor-made business support, fund further promotion of the Borough Market and increase visitor numbers by implementing a series of new exciting events and themed markets.
The grant is European Regional Development Funding (ERDF).
Gravesham’s role in the project is to lead on the business support package for market stall holders, alongside partners from areas across southern England and northern France.
The project is called ‘GoTrade’ which stands for Growth of the Visitor Economy through Traditional Markets, Employment and Skills, the project’s duration is just over three years.
GoTrade’s main aim is to increase visitor footfall across a number of town centres throughout the partnerships area, by enhancing the visitor experience of traditional markets.
Cllr Samir Jassal, Business Development Cabinet Member, said: “Markets are major contributors to local economies and provide a sense of community for those that use them. This project will help our market to be even more successful.
“This is a great achievement for our Economic Development team to secure this funding which will complement the Coastal Community Funding for the refurbishment of the Borough Market building.”