A MAJOR overhaul of Worcester’s markets including themed days, different locations and a fresh logo and stall canopies has been unveiled by the new management team.
Worcester City Council has just appointed Stourbridge based LSD Promotions to manage a wide range of markets in the city, including Angel Place which is currently undergoing a £550,000 refurbishment.
The company is proposing to operate a general market in Angel Place from December 3 on Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays and all of the stalls will display new red and cream canopies bearing the logo – Worcester’s Markets The Heart of the City.
From next Easter LSD Promotions also wants to introduce antique days on Fridays ‘Upmarket’ Sundays – offering specialist, high quality products – and themed markets such as farmers’ and French markets over Bank Holiday weekends.
These will be held in a number of locations across the city, including the riverside and Worcester’s High Street.
The company, which organises regular markets in Kidderminster, Oxford, Stratford-upon-Avon, Wolverhamption and elsewhere will also operate the Christmas Fayre from 2015 onwards.
In a bid to keep the markets buzzing, company bosses will be approaching coach operators once the events programme is fully established.
David Blake, economic development & planning policy service manager at Worcester City Council, said: “We are pleased to announce the appointment of LSD Promotions to run Worcester’s markets following an extensive tender process.”
“The company has a very strong track record for delivering high quality, well-attended markets in a number of towns and cities in the Midlands.
“We look forward to working with them to deliver an exciting and vibrant market offering for Worcester, helping to attract many more people to the city.”
The work in Angel Place is set to be completed by the time the new market is ready to launch on Wednesday, December 3.
Dermot McGillicuddy, director at LSD Promotions, said he believed the overhaul would help put the city on the map.
“LSD are very pleased to be working with Worcester City Council and we believe that the new markets programme gives us the opportunity to create something really special for the city,” he said.
“The new offer, with its unique branding, will put Worcester’s markets on the map and attract a new range of shoppers to the city centre.”