Trading at East Street Market currently suspended.
Dear Customers and Friends,
PLEASE APOLOGIZE FOR THE PROBLEMS. WE HOPE THAT WE WILL BE ABLE TO BE BACK ON THE MARKET VERY SOON. WE LOOK FORWARD TO CONTINUING TO SERVE YOU AT EAST STREET MARKET!
Mr Schenkelberg has not rested on his laurels but investigated other major markets in view of suitability for Rainer’s Bavarian Grill.
Here are one of his findings: Quite a lot of the Council’s market divisions for London’s larger markets disposed of a desolate infrastructure and excessive trading pitch fees to try to encourage traders back to their markets.
Unfortunately, the Council for the market where we are currently trading hasn’t managed to revitalize their market and boost the potential of new market visitors. Infrastructural problems, that is problems of their power supply, affect the efficient operation of traders, in our case our mobile food kitchen operation.
We have highlighted the areas of concern to the market management but the officers immediately wanted to put the blame on our own organization. However, we pointed to the bigger picture of the problem because a number of power supply units are not working (not only the ones within our pitch area). The abuse of these power supply units would not occur if the Council would adopt the policy for change of their own market regulation. 4 x 100 watts is simply not enough to power certain stalls. When you think of a food stall that is equipped with electrical appliances, e.g. fridge, freezer and convection ovens, 400 watts would not be sufficient for their requirement.
We have been using high wattage power units to run our stall. These units with higher wattage outputs are limited on the market and unfortunately for our business, the ones we can use are faulty.
The market management demands that we use a generator, one that conforms with market regulations.
The whole situation was getting out of hand when we were denied continuation of the trade without providing our own generator and Mr Schenkelberg involved the National Federation for Market Traders to investigate, assisting in solving the issues.
Stefan explains: „We are members of this organisation for the second consecutive year and belief that they are the best to have some influence. We certainly feel that we are unable to invest thousands of pounds into a suitable generator when the Council can’t provide services according to the trading license they have issued when we first registered with them. There was no stipulation in the condition and the market management approved our mobile kitchen and licensed it after we had to test run in front of the watching eyes of the market bosses.“
The development at East Street Market as far as our business concerns:
- We have had further meetings with Just Eat (just-eat.co.uk) to introduce our delivery service. The set up of this facility is scheduled to be finalized by the second week of February 2016.
- We have agreed to a deal with vouchercloud.com. Our special offers will spoil many customers from the first week of February.
- We have invested into newspaper advertising campaign with the Lambeth Weekender, Southwark’s premier newspaper with almost 200.000 readers. The ads have already been published in two of their editions.
- Christopher Coke, our street musician, has joined our team and he has already impressed some of our stall visitors with excellent tunes. A video has been uploaded; Watch it here: CHRISTOPHER COKE
We are confident that we will be back trading at East Street soon. Please find out about our upcoming events here, go here: UPCOMING EVENTS
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