Wholesale Market – report supports modernisation

By on 05/12/2011 in News

With a report set to be published tomorrow by traders discussing the economic impact and benefits of a Wholesale Market operation continuing within Birmingham, the city council has re-asserted its commitment to achieving a long term future for the wholesale operation within the city.

The traders report also highlights the fact that only by modernising the facilities, can this future be achieved:

A spokesperson for Birmingham City Council, said:

“The City Council understands that the Wholesale Market operation, which includes around 90 businesses, plays a role in providing jobs both directly and indirectly within the local economy.

“It is exactly for this reason that we need to consider the future of the Wholesale Market and the City Council is consulting widely in this regard and taking account of the condition and limited life of the current buildings and infrastructure.

“Only by operating from a modern facility can the operation of the market and jobs it supports be protected in the longer term, which is why we would urge traders to proactively engage with the City Council and any private sector developer who is interested in helping secure the future of the Wholesale Market within Birmingham.

“Traders, through the Birmingham Wholesale Market Fresh Produce Association have submitted a paper on options for remaining on the current site as well as relocating the operation to a new site, along with an essential catalyst paper.

“Both will be included in any report being considered by Cabinet in the New Year.”

ENDS

Note to editors

-     There are currently around 90 businesses operating with the wholesale market who the Council believes employ around 800 people directly.

-     The Market is operating with nearly 30% voids, a rate which is increasing

-     Three quarters of customers and suppliers who use/serve the existing wholesale market travel from beyond the city centre and therefore they, and many of the city centre businesses as well, would not face any greater complications accessing market services should the site be relocated within Birmingham.

-     The overall view from stakeholders is that the market should continue to operate as a composite market

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