Markets are a mainstay of many British town and city centres. In fact, there are 1173 markets in Britain, from those selling traditional food to more specialist and niche markets selling gifts and art.
Not only are they part of British tradition, they’re also a big part of the British economy, in terms of jobs and revenue.
Before the pandemic, British markets employed more than twenty-four thousand staff and had a collective turnover of £3.1 billion.
Like many other industries, most markets were forced to close over lockdown.
But – as restrictions ease, they’re starting to open up again. Will they be able to get back the money lost after months of lockdown?
Siân Roche went down to Norwich Market to find out how market traders are coping amidst rising rent and fewer customers.