Traders from Birkenhead’s historic market will not have to pay rent for the next three months as the council works to support them during the COVID-19 outbreak.
The rent relief, set to begin right away, will relieve some pressure on traders as customers are increasingly forced to stay at home.
Country produce traders from the market have also joined forces to offer a delivery service to Wirral residents, to help and support the community.
Customers can now have fresh food delivered to their door from Wards Fish, Fruit & Veg, Malambs Butchers and Moneysworth (cooked meats, cheese and pies), with orders being taken over the phone.
The traders are even taking orders for each other, so you don’t need to make four phone calls to get all your essentials delivered at home.
As more people are having to self-isolate or work from home, trading for small businesses across Wirral and the wider UK is becoming increasingly difficult and the Leader of the Council, Cllr Pat Hackett has asked residents to support Wirral’s small local businesses wherever possible.
‘We have already seen a fall in the number of customers visiting the market and the wider high street and I’m so proud of the dogged spirit of Wirral’s businesses and the traders here at the market to keep going strong.
‘We have provided our traders relief from rent for the next three months to reduce the pressure but ultimately, our businesses need to keep trading.
‘It’s so important that we all support our local businesses whenever we can to ensure they can continue to trade long after this unprecedented situation has blown over.’
The Manager of Birkenhead Market, Robert Langer added:
‘This delivery service will allow Wirral’s most vulnerable residents to access some of the freshest local produce available in the borough and have it delivered to their doorstep.
‘Our traders will be treating the health of customers as their top priority and measures are in place to ensure deliveries do not put anyone at risk.’
To place your order, call the traders directly or get in touch through the Birkenhead Market Facebook page.
- Wards Fish – 0151 666 1842
- Moneysworth – 0151 647 3039
- Fruit & Veg – 07966 274 295
- Malambs Butchers - 0151 666 2983
For business advice and support, please visit the Wirral Chamber of Commerce website or call their business helpline on 0151 650 6982.