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Market advertising call

STALL-HOLDERS have called for more advertising for their markets in Bognor Regis.


The latest speciality market along the London Road precinct ended on bank holiday Monday.


A dozen stalls lined the precinct for the third year in a row. But the traders reported business had been patchy in spite of the good weather.


Godson Ogwuudire, of UK Mama, said: “This is my third time here. It has been okay but we do need some improvements.


“The event needs more advertising. Some of the traders are going elsewhere because there are a lot of events on. With good weather like this, it should have been very busy. Hopefully, next time it will be busier.”


Italian Sweets’ owner Amir Khonakear said: “It’s been OK but it has not been busy this time.


“This is my third time. It was better when I was here before and I’m not sure why.


“I wonder if people are spending their money on holidays and getting their children ready to go back to school.”


He also questioned the number of markets being held in the precinct.


“I was here last month as well and I think there might be too many markets for people.


“Some of my friends have done well here and I will do all right, but I expected more,” he said.


The speciality markets were launched by town centre manager Toyubur Rahman to entice new shoppers into the area.


They have been joined in the precinct by monthly markets from May to make up for the loss of the biweekly market on the Place St Maur.


Mr Rahman said footfall figures showed 116,000 visitors to the town centre last week as part of an 8.3 per cent rise on last year.


But he added: “I agree there could have been more advertising for the market. That was largely due to the fact I was on extended leave – but there were posters, banners and social media.


“The majority of stallholders do quite well in the town, which is why they keep coming back. However, for next year, I think we need to up the standard and advertising for the market.”

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