Market Trader information

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We are always on the look out for new traders at our markets. Why not find out if market trading could be the ideal job for you?

Market trading allows you to be flexible and take your trade to your customers without being tied into a lease for a shop. You could start by trading just one day a week and then build it into a whole new career!

To become a successful market trader you’ll need to have a good idea and be willing to work hard with early starts and in all weathers. But the rewards are many – fellow market traders are a friendly bunch, there’s a good community spirit and you’ll get to know your customers, developing your products and range to meet their needs.

There is a whole range of information and practical advice available to help you get started. At our markets you do not need to have your own stall as we provide a stall with boards and canopy at Ashby and Brigg.

A good place to start is the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), a national organisation that represents market traders. You can become a member of this organisation and get the necessary public, product and employer insurance which you will need to trade.

They also run NMTF FIRST, a national training scheme for people starting out as a market trader. It comes with a really useful manual on how to set out your stall and find stock.

Becoming a market trader is a low-risk, low cost way to turn your business dream into reality. Some of the country’s most successful high street names started out on a market stall – Morrison’s, Marks and Spencer and Dunelm Mill to name a few!

For details of current stall vacancies at any of our markets across North Lincolnshire, please contact the Markets team on


Further information

When:  Thursday

Where: Outdoor market on Broadway, Ashby High Street

How much: Rates start at £9.14 per stall

For details of current stall vacancies at Ashby Market, contact the Markets Team on 01724 297816 or email

When: Thursday

Where: Street market in the Market Place and on Wrawby Street with 328 car parking spaces offering two hours free parking within a two minute walk

How much: £14 per stall

A traditional street market in the historic town of Brigg. Stalls are erected for you and come complete with canopy and boards.

We particularly welcome applications to trade in: menswear, fabrics, collectables, art, music and DVDs, T-shirts, sports clothing, bicycle accessories, lighting, toys and locksmiths.

For details of current stall vacancies at Brigg Market, contact the Markets Team on 01724 297816 or email

When:  Tuesday to Saturday (the Food Court is open from Tuesday to Saturday too)

Where: Two-floor indoor market next to the bus station with a multi-storey car park adjoined offering two hours free parking

How much: Rates start at £30 per stall

For details of stall vacancies at St John’s Market or for further information, please contact the Markets Team on 07814162518 or email

Farmers’ and speciality markets
Opportunities for producers to have a stall at our speciality or farmers’ markets.

The Market Traders’ Charter [PDF, 887Kb] is an agreement between North Lincolnshire Council and the individual traders at all the markets that we operate across the area.

The Charter incorporates the rules and regulations and aims to build upon good working relationships between the council and traders.

All our market traders sign up to the Charter [PDF, 887Kb].

Due to the Coronvirus (Covid-19) pandemic, we are not currently accepting applications for occasional markets. 

Markets play a vital role in the local economy and we want to see more of them in North Lincolnshire. But whilst we want to encourage more markets in North Lincolnshire, we must make sure that they are safe and enjoyable places to visit.

If you want to run a market, car boot sale, or hold an event in North Lincolnshire that has five stalls or more, you must apply for a Market Consent.

This includes indoor events in schools, village halls or other buildings. Organisers of charity and not for profit events will not have to pay any fees and our staff can help you fill in the simple application form.

Our policy was adopted following feedback from the voluntary sector and market organisers.

There are two main changes to the policy. We have created a protected area around established car boot sales and general markets so that someone cannot set up a new, regular market that might take trade away.

Some small charitable events do not need to apply, but this is only where all the goods are donated, there is no charge for a pitch and all the money from things that are sold goes to charity.

To make it simpler to apply, we have also produced guidance notes. All the documents you need can be downloaded from this page.

Our friendly staff are here to help, so if you have any questions, please contact us at or on 01724 298175.

Criteria for approval of Markets Consent [PDF, 43Kb]

Guidance Notes for Market Consent [PDF, 52Kb]

Charges for a market consent 2013 [PDF, 14Kb]

Application form [PDF, 35Kb]

Code of Practice for a Market Consent [PDF, 51Kb]

Markets Policy [PDF, 128Kb]

North Lincolnshire Council and market trader representatives meet quarterly to discuss matters and suggest improvements to markets operated by North Lincolnshire Council

Minutes of previous meetings