Latest News | 20 October 2020

Bustler brings in changes

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Bondholder Bustler Market has switched to weekly openings to create more jobs and support local businesses.

In a bid to support the hospitality industry further, the team is employing 10 more part-time staff, giving work to people who have been made redundant or lost their jobs due to their old place of work closing down.

The bustling street food market and event space located at 7 John Street in Derby is now going to be open every weekend – Friday, 5pm-10pm, Saturday, 12pm-10pm and Sunday, 2pm-6pm.

Recently, another change in the business saw Olivia Pritchard become the sole director, meaning that Bustler is currently headed up by the locally known female entrepreneur.

Reflecting on recent, unprecedented times and the changes the business has seen, Olivia explained: “In March we had to temporarily close Bustler due to the new restrictions that were in place. We lost out on all of our regular event income as well as income from the several private functions we had booked in. Once it was safe to do so, we offered an In ’n’ Out style Bustler, where people could come and get takeaway food and beer. On July 4th, we reopened as a “socially distanced Bustler”. Capacity was reduced; however, the demand was still there. Our takings have been the same, and with fewer traders, they are also doing as well as they had been doing at our markets previously.”

She explained further: “Our traders were hit really hard – most were not eligible for the grants and lost out on any big festivals and occasions they were booked for. By us extending our offering to weekly, we are hoping this will allow the traders to trade with us more often to help them make up for the losses they faced recently. Traders rely on events like us for their income, so we have an obligation to ensure that we put on a good event to support their small businesses, as well as us also needing to make it work as a small business ourselves.”

Each weekend Bustler will be welcoming a variety of street food vendors to trade from the venue. A bar and a live DJ is Bustler standard, and Bustler always ensure that there are vegetarian, vegan and gluten free offerings when it comes to both the food and drink. The space is family and dog friendly, and free entry is available to NHS staff, students and season ticket holders at fellow Bondholder Derby County Football Club. Bustler Market is on Instagram, @bustler_market, and Facebook and Twitter, @bustlermarket.

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