There are several markets that operate across the borough of Croydon. The largest and longest established of them all is Surrey Street Market.
Surrey Street Market
Located on Surrey Street in Croydon Town Centre, the historic Surrey Street Market is one of the oldest markets in Britain, trading since 1276. It operates 7 days a week, selling a range of items, including fresh produce, fruit and vegetables Monday to Saturday as well as an alternative artisan market on Sundays. See the Surrey Street Sundays programme for details of upcoming events and information about the Sunday market.
Surrey Street has a great atmosphere and is bursting with independent traders, street food, homemade and artisan produce, arts and crafts. The market has recently been refurbished to help create a vibrant, pedestrian friendly zone, making it a great destination for shopping and relaxing in the heart of Croydon.
New Addington Market
New Addington Market operates on Tuesdays and Fridays, between 9am and 4pm. To apply for a stall, please contact Bray Associates on 07971 738239.
If you wish to busk or hold an event in North End then you should contact Croydon BID by email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8603 0050 to discuss the details.
How to become a market trader
Becoming a market trader is a great way to start your own business. There has never been a better time to set up a market stall. It is a low-cost and straightforward way to start trading and test out whether or not your business idea is sustainable.
Apply for a pitch
Traders can apply for permanent or casual pitches, see downloads for application and details below.
A 3m x 3m site costs £75.10 per week, for six days trading, a deposit of £450 is payable. You must provide your own stall(s), tables, electricity and public liability cover for £5,000,000. The style and type of stall should be discussed with the market inspector.
Depending on the type of goods that you sell a casual licence is available for £10 a day for the first four weeks and thereafter £15 per day.
Contact the Market Inspector, Fiona Woodcock on 07747 118668 or email email@example.com.
Running a stall
Before setting up a market stall, it’s important to be aware of what the job involves. As a self-employed trader you can enjoy working in a friendly, flexible environment amongst like-minded people. Traders tend to work long hours, and depending on the type of stall, the working day may start very early in the morning, especially if the trader needs to attend wholesale markets first thing.
Markets operate both indoors and outdoors, some run daily, others once a week, or just at weekends, and some on a monthly or seasonal basis. It’s not unusual for traders to work at several different markets during a week.
As a market trader you don’t need any specific qualifications, although good Maths & English skills are important along with a flair for sales as this is what will determine your success. In addition some retail expertise and knowing what sells are useful. You may also benefit from lessons in bookkeeping or short business courses, although these are not necessary to set up your own stall. You can access a range of business support resources here.
You must obtain a licence in order to set up your stall. You can apply to trade at any of the markets in the borough. Simply complete the application form and read the guidance materials provided below.
- Surrey Street Sunday Market Application Form [82.0KB]
- Surrey Street Sunday Market Trading Guide [1.2MB]
- Surrey Street Market application form [57.5KB]
- Surrey Street licence conditions [88.0KB]
- Temporary licence application form [180.5KB]
- Sunday market - Food registration form [73.5KB]