New scheme to promote business start-ups in Wickford

A PILOT scheme has been launched by Basildon Council to promote new business start ups and entrepreneurs in Wickford. 

The council is offering free use of barrows and market pitches where new businesses can trial their ventures as ‘pop-up stalls.’

Cllr Tony Ball, leader of the council, says: “We promised before Christmas that we would look at creating a scheme like this, and I am pleased we can announce this now. Our project will offer budding traders and entrepreneurs a chance to start or build on their new business for a much reduced cost compared to opening a shop unit. Successful businesses can then establish and keep their businesses within the revitalised market or elsewhere within a commercial environment.”

Potential traders can apply to rent for free a market barrow in Wickord High Street or the Willows Centre from 1st February to 31 August. From 1 June, the barrows will be placed in the new Market Lane.

It is intended that successful businesses will continue to trade within the revitalised Wickford Market and also trade in other parts of the Borough. 

Applicants should contact Lucy Payne at to receive a short application form.

Applicants will need to demonstrate that they are a start-up business or running for less than six months, and they cannot be an existing market trader. The stall holder will also need to sell new stock and no discount food or cut price items and counterfeit goods will not be tolerated.

There will be an opportunity to rent a pitch within the new High Street market from June.