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Friends of Leeds Kirkgate Market is a new group for everyone – customers, traders, citizens and visitors – who love Kirkgate Market and want it to survive and flourish in its present form and not become yet another bland and soulless shopping centre.

The market is one of the best things about the city because of its independent spirit. Nowhere else provides such a diversity of low cost, good quality produce and services with unrivalled advice from knowledgeable traders. It is also an affordable meeting place in a city that has lost many public spaces in recent years.

Despite its magnificence, Leeds Kirkgate Market has in the last years faced a range of threats which have put some traders at risk of losing their business affecting the market atmosphere.

There are lots of things that we can do and plans are already taking shape to improve the Market.

We have 5 aims:

  • To help ensure that Leeds Kirkgate Market survives
  • To see the market improve but retain its character and purpose
  • To ensure the Market remains affordable and culturally diverse.
  • To campaign for fair rents
  • To make sure that Market traders and members of the public have a louder voice in how the market is run

We are very keen for people to join the group and contribute in any way they can to support the market.

We meet the second Wednesday of the month normally in a pub in the centre of Leeds. Check out the home page of the blog for next dates.

We also have two sub-groups that meet in between and deal with more specific issues. One is looking at how the market finances work (rents, leases, profit, investment, etc.) and the other is charge with how to best promote the market. Contact us for dates of these meetings or turn up to a general wednesday meeting to find out more about these sub-groups.

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3 Comments leave one →
  1. peter exley permalink
    March 28, 2013 10:29 am

    I was arrested for trying to talk to the BBC in support of the market


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