Company sought to run Horsham’s markets

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HORSHAM District Council is inviting tenders from suitably qualified suppliers to operate Horsham’s Markets on a four-year contract.

The tendering of the town’s market operations was discussed at the recent first meeting of a Horsham Markets Working Group and seeks to provide a platform on which the Markets’ Operator can continue to improve the town’s markets, their standards, variety and accessibility.

The contract involves the operation, management and investment in the Carfax Local Produce & Craft Market and Bishopric General Market in Horsham Town Centre and to develop these and further specialist markets to the benefit of the town’s economy as a whole.

Options to be explored include use of the Forum for regular markets once the current Carillion repair works have been completed (at the end of this year). A closer working relationship with the privately owned Piries Place market operation is also being encouraged.

A spokesperson for Horsham District Council said, “We appreciate all of the hard work over recent years by the current operators and are pleased with the strides that have been made by operator and traders in the last few months to raise operational standards on our markets.

“By offering a new contract, we aim to enable investment in new equipment and marketing that will help Horsham’s markets go from strength to strength and become an even more attractive feature of the town’s retail environment.”

Further details of the contract opportunity are obtainable from Amy Wilkinson (Procurement Officer) at Horsham District Council, Park North, North Street, Horsham, West Sussex RH12 1RL or at procurement@horsham.gov.uk