Small businesses invited to join Shop Small Market

Image shows an asset promoting the Heckington Shop Small Market, funded by the UK Government. The asset shows an image of a market and a blue text box with further information regarding the event.
Makers, crafters, bakers and other small local businesses are invited to take up a stall for free at an outdoor Shop Small Market soon in Heckington.

Makers, crafters, bakers and other small local businesses are invited to take up a stall for free at an outdoor Shop Small Market soon in Heckington.

The Shop Small Market is being organised by North Kesteven District Council in celebration of Small Business Saturday, a national day which encourages people to visit the shops around them.

The market will take place on Saturday 2 December at Heckington Village Green, 9am until 12pm. It’s funded by the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, via North Kesteven District Council’s events programme.

Pitches at the Shop Small Market will be free of charge and offer the perfect opportunity for any local business in and around the Heckington area which is starting up without a physical storefront or wanting to attract new customers. Business further afield will be welcome also, but priority will be given to those locally to begin with.

To apply for a pitch, businesses will need to provide evidence of their Public Liability Insurance and any food or drink licenses if applicable. There will be stalls provided but you can also bring your own gazebo or trailer. Businesses will need to state their requirements when applying.

Small Business Saturday highlights small business success and encourages consumers to shop local and ensure their spends help boost the local economy.

North Kesteven District Council Economic Development Manager Alan Gray said:

“This one-off Shop Small Market is a great chance for small businesses to attend an in-person event for free and grow their presence.

"I would encourage any interested businesses in the area to apply for a pitch.

“The event will also be a fantastic opportunity to start your Christmas shopping, whether you visit Heckington and the surrounding villages regularly or are keen to discover what’s there.

“There’s a whole range of businesses which help make our local economy so vibrant and varied, and Small Business Saturday is also a chance to support those smaller shops and businesses wherever you are and even seek out some which don’t always have a physical presence.”

There are limited spaces available for businesses at the Shop Small Market. Businesses should email to apply and include the following:

• Name and type of business

• Business address

• A copy of your Public Liability Insurance

• Catering/licensing certificates (if applicable)

More information can be found on our Shop Small Market webpage.

There is Small Business Saturday bunting available for display in shopfronts across North Kesteven. Contact with your business name and address.

Are you thinking of holding an event which can help build pride of place in North Kesteven? If so, there may be event funding available for you through the District Council from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, and the Council is encouraging anyone interested to apply for this.

The event must be located within North Kesteven, and it must also be the first time the event has been held and must be match funded. The Threekingham Viking Festival held recently is a great example – it received a grant from the UK Government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund, distributed by North Kesteven District Council as part of its events programme. For further information on this please visit our Events programme webpage or contact the Council’s Economic Development team by emailing

For the latest news on North Kesteven District Council visit our council news pages

Follow us on Twitter, find us on Facebook, or sign up to our newsletter