The future of Holmfirth Market has been ‘secured’ with the licence for the market awarded to local community interest company, Holmfirth Forward.
Earlier in the year expressions of interests were invited from private and community operators by Kirklees Council for the opportunity to hold the licence to run a market in Holmfirth. From that process Holmfirth Forward were selected as the successful organisation.
The decision that the council would no longer run a market in Holmfirth was made in 2018 with the agreement that a licence would be offered to another operator to enable a market to continue operating in the town.
Since that decision the Kirklees Markets Team has continued to run a market in Holmfirth whilst a suitable operator was found.
Kirklees says the next steps in the process include Holmfirth Forward locating and agreeing a suitable venue within the town centre, as the market will no longer be able to operate from the existing building.
Existing market traders will also be introduced to the new market licence holder early in the new year.
Councillor Will Simpson, Cabinet Member for Culture and Greener Kirklees said:
“The awarding of the market licence is excellent news and will help provide some security to the future of a market in Holmfirth for existing traders and residents. Continuing to have a market in Holmfirth, which proudly considers itself to be a market town, will contribute to the overall retail offer to both residents and visitors.”
Michael Bell of Holmfirth Forward’s Market Team said:
“We are delighted to have been awarded the licence for Holmfirth Market. We have worked closely with local organisations and businesses as well as local residents to develop our vision for the market. We know there has been considerable concern about the future of the market and want to create a modern market as this is key to the vitality and viability of a town centre.
“We want to build on the market tradition of Holmfirth and are very grateful for the support we have received from the National Market Traders Federation and Joe Barrett of the Teenage Market. We will use our diverse experience and by working along with other markets and traders in Kirklees, we will create a fresh and attractive offer for local people and visitors to the town.
“We believe Holmfirth has a bright future. A lot of change is ahead and Covid means there are many challenges facing Holmfirth Market and the existing businesses but with collaboration and with the support of Kirklees Council, we think we can come through successfully and build a thriving modern market that will bring more people to the town.”