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Businesses thrive at new Wolves market
2:00pm Thursday 13th September 2012 in News
MORE than 60 businesses and almost 1,000 visitors gathered at The Halliwell Jones Stadium on Saturday for the first Wolves new business market.
The 120 metre long South Stand concourse was transformed into a mini-market with small and new businesses exhibiting their goods.
And the business people were also able to share information and get advice from a number of experts.
Warrington Wolves chief executive Andy Gatcliffe said he was delighted with the event and hinted it could be the first of many.
He added: “I had a few sleepless nights in the run up to it because I wasn’t sure how it would go.
“How many businesses would turn up and how many members of the public.
“But we broke out target for both and this has been a great start.”
The event was backed by Warrington Borough Council and was free for businesses to take part in.
Whether selling cupcakes, new lawns, or business advice, visitors had a broad range of stalls to choose from with feedback strong on holding another one soon.
Sue Coulthart runs Emerald City Cup Cakes, the name in homage to her favourite musical, Wicked.
The Great Sankey resident said: “We made Wolfie cakes which sold out in an hour!
“It was a brilliant event for me because I was the only one selling cup cakes. We are still getting up and running so it was good to meet a network of people who can give advice on what to do.”
Mr Gatcliffe added: “Seeing all the stalls there really got the mind racing. It is a great, indoor space there for antique fairs, car boot sales.
“I have always said this stadium is a tool in the council’s tool box for them to use and this has proved it again.”
A review meeting will take place this week before any decisions are taken on when a second business market would take place.
“We have the feedback and the information but at the moment there would have to be a strong reason for it not to take place,” he added.