Accrington Market have welcomed small businesses and start-ups to test their products inside the historic market hall. The first pop-up event, held on Saturday 10th July, saw one stall sell out within the first hour of opening as shoppers queued out the door to buy the baked goods.
After a resounding success Accrington Market have announced they will be offering the opportunity for pop-up stalls every Saturday going forward, at a cost of just £20 per stall.
Sameena King, Manager at Accrington Market said:
“We are really pleased with the success of our first pop-up stall weekend and can confirm we will be running this every Saturday inside Accrington Market. It has been a pleasure to give small businesses and start up’s the opportunity to test their product and the feedback from shoppers has been wonderful. We are on the lookout for unique small businesses, craft stalls and street food traders to join our community of stall holders.”
At the first pop-up event stalls included bath bombs and cosmetics, personalised gifts, homeware and baked goods. The pop-up stalls sat alongside the wide variety of traders and eateries inside the market hall.
Mia Beardsworth, aged 21, lives in Accrington and sold out of her baked goods by 10am on Saturday after people rushed to the market at opening time. Mia started baking alongside her psychology degree earlier in the year and is excited for what the future holds for her small start-up business.
Working full time as a Kitchen Associate at Wetherspoons Mia has perused her passion alongside her job:
“I started Mia Jade Bakes in April 2021 after spending months baking in my spare time. Last week was my first time selling on a stall and I was so shocked to sell out within the hour. It was great fun and I am grateful to everyone who came along to support my small business.
“After such a great first event I have signed up to lots more Saturdays at Accrington Market and this Saturday I will be bringing triple the amount of treats! I can’t wait to see what my future holds for me at Accrington Market.”
Mia Jade Bakes’ most popular products are cookie sandwiches, blondies, brownies and cake jars. She bakes all her items personally from her home and also creates bespoke birthday cakes.