Exciting new operator to re-invigorate Yeovil street markets

Yeovil's street markets are set for a new lease of life after being taken over by a new operator.

The new operator, MSD Markets Ltd, are looking to re-invigorate the markets in Yeovil by bringing new ideas and different ways of working to the support the traders, the town and its communities.

South Somerset District Council had been managing the markets in Yeovil for a number of years and despite officers best efforts to try and enhance the markets, it was decided it was time for a change of plan and management.

MSD Markets Ltd will look to establish a programme of specialist markets and events to provide a new offer in the town centre. It's hoped that Yeovil will have a festive Christmas market in place for this year to run alongside some of the other events in the town such as the Christmas light switch on event.

New traders are being encouraged to join the market and to contact MSD Markets Ltd direct on 02030052431 or register online at www.msdmarkets.co.uk.

David Daley, Managing Director of MSD Markets Ltd said, "Yeovil markets are now officially operated by MSD Markets Ltd and as Managing Director, I would like to thank all the market traders, the staff of South Somerset District Council and the councillors for their continued support.

"This transition marks the beginning of a new era for markets in Yeovil. As an organisation we are not only committed to delivering a successful market but also seeing a transformation of Yeovil's town centre and the community within it.

"We will be working closely with South Somerset District Council, Yeovil Town Council and other stakeholders as we pursue growth for the market and the town centre. Being community focused is an integral part of our organisation so we welcome any feedback and input from our patrons and stakeholders".

Councillor Peter Gubbins, Chairman of Area South Committee at South Somerset District Council added, "It was felt the time was right to look at changing the way that markets in Yeovil are managed. We have been through a thorough process to attract a new operator to manage the markets and I am really pleased that we have appointed MSD Markets Ltd. We look forward to working closely with them for the benefit of the town and community."

MSD Markets Ltd commenced operational management of the markets in Yeovil on Friday 13 April and will be on the ground to supervise the day to day running of the markets.

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Above: Adrian Snipe, Operations Director of MSD Markets Ltd (right) and Derek Martindale, Business Development Director of MSD Markets Ltd (centre) meet a local market stall trader in Yeovil Market.