Small businesses must be given the opportunity to trade at Bath Christmas Market this year thanks to the introduction of Christmas carts.
Twenty local micro-enterprises will be at the market for three or four days at a time.
For many small traders, this will be an opportunity to launch their fledgling business.
This year’s Bath Christmas Market, which attracts thousands of visitors, kicks off on Thursday 24 November and celebrates its 20th anniversary.
For 18 days, an array of merchants will take to the streets of the city, with the Christmas carts located in Green Street.
Phillippa Crowther, owner of Twerton-based jewelery brand Bramble Design, said: ‘As someone who has been visiting Bath Christmas Market for years to do my Christmas shopping, I am now delighted to do some part by selling my handmade jewelry. jewelry in one of the Christmas carts.
“I love face-to-face sales, meeting new people and soaking up the atmosphere and Bath is my favorite place so I hope to expand my customer base and enjoy my time there.”
Councilor Kevin Guy, leader of the council, said: ‘This year we will have over 170 chalets with traders selling a remarkable range of Christmas gifts as well as fantastic local hospitality.
“Christmas carts are a great way to support budding local businesses by giving local merchants the opportunity to showcase their wares to the thousands of visitors who come to our wonderful city, which becomes even more special during the holiday season.”
There will be 20 different companies present in the entire market, all of which are first-time traders in the market.
Sustainability is important to the market, which emphasizes local crafts, locally produced food and good quality produce.
Single-use plastics are not permitted and all merchants must use environmentally friendly biodegradable alternatives to common single-use plastic products such as product packaging, bags, bottles, straws, containers, cups and cutlery.
The Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday 24th November to Sunday 11th December.
Pop-up Christmas carts will be open from Friday, November 25 through Sunday, December 11.
Bath Christmas Market has been ranked in the top 10 in Europe and attracts 400,000 visitors a year, with an estimated spend in the city of £32.5million in 2019.