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Happy 5th birthday Uplands Market

Two-thirds of visitors to our street markets made a special trip to be there, and the same percentage were more likely to visit other local shops and cafes as a result, according to a new survey we have released to mark the Uplands Market’s fifth birthday.

Saturday saw our Uplands Street Market celebrate its 5thbirthday and was the 66thmarket since the first one in July 2013.

The street markets in Uplands and Swansea’s Marina take place monthly, with a wide range of stalls selling speciality food, arts and crafts.

Accolades from the BBC and The Observer have helped put Swansea on the map and Uplands Market was named as one of the Top 10 street markets in the UK by the Daily Telegraph.

The survey of 150 visitors to the two markets, carried out between February and May 2018, shows:

  • Two-thirds of visitors (67%) said they were only in that area because the market was on
  • Just over two-thirds (70%) say they are more likely to visit other shops/cafes in the area on market day, compared to other days
  • Over three-quarters (77%) say that the street markets have given them a more positive view of the area

Other figures show:

  • In total there have been 147 street markets and spin-off events since July 2013
  • The biggest recorded crowd at one of the markets was 3142
  • Around 1 in 5 of market-goers will go on to spend between £10 and £24 in other local shops
  • The markets have created 3 businesses, 3 jobs and 8 placements for young people

The surveys confirm what we had been hearing from our chats with people at the markets since they began – that they are good for local businesses, jobs and the community.

As well as the market company itself, we know of at least two other new businesses that were set up after starting life as a market stall.

The jobs and placements we’ve created through the markets give opportunities to local people, plus the markets create a lovely community feel and generate a lot of love for us through social media and the comments we get from people visiting them.

The accolades from the BBC and the London media and this survey are all evidence of how even small projects like these can give a boost to our city and put it on the map.

Rebecca Cobley, owner of Crumbs Café in the Uplands, said:

“Uplands Market has had a fantastic impact on Crumbs. We have just had our 5th birthday as well and it’s great to see how Crumbs and The Uplands Market have grown together. It’s been lovely working together with all the volunteers of the Uplands Market and seeing the growth of the Uplands community. Here’s to many more Uplands Markets!“

The Markets have also helped a Swansea-based organisation which works with people who have faced difficult problems, for example mental health, learning difficulties or substance misuse.  Cyfle i Dyfu/Chance to Grow is a not-for-profit social enterprise based in the city.

Andrew Soroka, Managing Director of Cyfle i Dyfu, which works with people from marginalised groups, said:

“On behalf of Cyfle i Dyfu I’d like to sincerely thank the Uplands and Marina Market organisers – without the markets I can categorically say that our social enterprise would never have got off the ground.”

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