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Stroud market hatching home-based businesses

Community-based markets in villages like Stroud are proving to be important incubators for some great micro-businesses.

Stroud Market interim chair Brian Eastoe said Stroud’s monthly community market—run by the local Lions Club—has provided a nursery for several successful home-based businesses.

“It’s incredibly rewarding for the whole market community to see local people taking advantage of the opportunity these markets are creating,” Mr Eastoe said.

“The efforts at all levels of government to promote new small businesses and to promote women in business is definitely bearing fruit in Stroud and surrounding communities,” he said.

Suzanne Strauss and Angela Murray are two such fledgling businesswomen who have stretched their creative wings via the Stroud market with their range of handmade bags, cushions and other soft furnishings.

Both agree they were apprehensive about hanging out their shingle at their first ever market in Stroud just two years ago.

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“It’s one thing to make things for friends and family but something entirely different to be then putting them on a table and be scrutinised by strangers,” Suzanne Strauss said.

Starting with just a few handmade cushions and a couple of cloth bags, the two women have steadily attracted a loyal clientele, taking orders for everything from soft furnishings to bean-bag style kids’ pods.

“The market community has been so supportive and we’ve learned so much along the way. We wouldn’t miss a market as it’s just such a great atmosphere and our kids have a great time in such a safe and familiar environment,” Suzanne said.

Stroud Market kicks off again this Sunday after a well-earned rest for organisers in January, when the usual market made way for a community fundraiser by Stroud Lions Club.

Stroud market is one of a number of grower and community markets found along the Bucketts Way including every second Saturday in Gloucester and one each term at Booral Public School.

For more information about Stroud markets go to http://stroudmarkets.com or https://www.facebook.com/StroudHeritageMarket

 

 

 

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