BOOST FOR LOCAL TRADERS
A Norwich organisation is helping to kickstart local trade post-lockdown with a free market with no fees for traders or visitors. Sunday, November 8, will be the fourth of the volunteer-run monthly markets for the Open Trade Network, which functions as part of Chapelfield Muslim Community, with the help of Norwich Theatre Royal, which has given use of its car park.
Rahima Brandt and Jamal Sealey initially envisaged the possibility of a free market six months ago while working in the Ramadan soup kitchen serving soup to the community, their neighbours and the homeless shelter.
“Islam propagates self-employment. Under the Islamic rules of the marketplace there should be no fees for traders. With the local economy struggling to reopen post-lockdown we wanted to do something to support local community businesses,” said Rahima.
Jamal Sealey said “We are really grateful to have such good neighbours at Norwich Theatre Royal who have provided the space and have been so supportive.” The Norwich Theatre Royal has been opening their foyer to enable shoppers to enter the market from Theatre Street. Stallholders include jewellers, eco-aware products, bakers, a variety of street food vendors and clothes. To safeguard shoppers the market operates a one way system.
The market will be held on the second Sunday of every month until the theatre is able to re-open.
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