St Albans has a rich history of market trading going back reportedly over 900 years and with the Royal Charter granted nearly 500 years ago.

In addition to St Albans Charter Market on Wednesdays & Saturdays, the BID partnered with SADC to keep our high street vibrant during the pandemic. The BID was granted permission to operate temporary pilot markets including the Friday Inside Out, World Market, Street Food Monthly, Young Entrepreneurs and Caravernasi markets to keep St Albans vibrant, and support footfall when most markets around the country had shut down.

This strategy helped to connect businesses to community to support some of our retail and hospitality levy payers, who were unable to trade inside, or at all, without the support of our markets. Businesses supported by the BID markets included Lussmanns, Emmas House, Infuse, Waddington Road Coffee, Cositas and Anastasias as well as other local businesses. No wonder there are so many Londoner’s moving to St Albans for it’s amazing vibrant city centre!

Pending the BID renewal, we will work with SADC and other stakeholders on a city centre strategy for a balanced mix of markets, events, music, art and culture and continue to deliver new audiences and drive footfall to Amazing St Albans.

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