The Saints Ipswich Community Interest Company

It is no secret that our high streets are under huge pressure. Society is undergoing a generational shift in behaviour when it comes to shopping.

In order for high streets to survive we need to be more “experiential”: make the PLACE fun and exciting to visit. With that in mind, the Traders of the Saints put together a plan to bring back our Street Markets; a great way to increase our exposure whilst providing the Saints and the town with a valuable community asset.

Over the last six years it has been getting increasingly more difficult to secure funding from the public sector and we found ourselves with little alternative but to establish our Community Interest Company (CIC) in order that we can investigate other funding channels. The CIC is a not for profit company and any profit from the events will be ploughed back into the company, to enable us to deliver more events and marketing for the area. 

We had our first market in June, which was well received and well attended. The plan is to offer more markets with a variety of themes. The next market will be a Food and Drink Market on Sunday 30th September, where we hope to showcase local businesses and producers. It will also tie in with “Forknight “, a food and drink festival organised by All About Ipswich.

Whilst the sun is indeed shining now, we are already planning our Christmas Market to be held on Sunday 2nd December. So definitely a date for your diary!

On the Saints we have always tried to support the wider community: by encouraging new businesses and entrepreneurs; hosting pop-up shops and events; and fundraising for charity. It is hoped that we can reach more communities through the Street Market programme. At the heart of any high street now needs to be the sense of place, of belonging. 

Here’s to a busy end to 2018 and lots of events to come in 2019. See you on the Saints!

The SaintsCathy Frost