Becoming a trader

If you are thinking of starting a new business, or want to extend your existing venture into a new area, then a market stall could be right up your street.

Becoming a trader is a low-risk, low-cost way to turn your business dream into reality:

Start small and grow

Being a trader is an ideal way into retail for any budding entrepreneur. In fact, the founders of some of the country’s most successful High Street names started out on a market stall – Morrison’s, Marks & Spencer and JJB Sports to name a few!

Low cost

You can start your own pitch in Derbyshire Dales from as little as £26.30 per week, with relatively small overheads.


Market trading allows you to be flexible and take your trade to your customers, without being tied into expensive long-term property leases. Plus it’s up to you how many hours a week you want to work.

Develop your skills

Trading allows you to be your own boss and develop self-discipline. It’s also great way to build many other skills essential for business, such as sales and negotiation, numerical and social skills.

Make connections

Market trading offers a great way of life in many aspects. You get to interact with the public and fellow traders, building a good network of customers, colleagues and a great sense of community.

Getting started

There is a whole range of information and practical advice available to help get you started – and most of it free:

National Market Federation

This is a national organisation which represents market traders. You can become a member for a small annual subscription, which includes the necessary public, product and employer’s insurance which you will need to trade. They also have a lot of information on their website for new starters.