Shoppers spend £20m at Bath Christmas Market

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Written by:   | Posted 18-December-2013 10:40

Shoppers to this year’s Christmas Market spent £20 million.

Initial calculations indicate that Bath Christmas Market 2013 brought in more than £20 million to the local economy, with more than £13 million being spent in the wider city.

The three-week market, which had 155 stalls, attracted 370,000 visitors.

Chief executive of Bath Tourism Plus, Nick Brooks-Sykes, said the 2013 market had been the best ever.

“Visitors have been delighted with the Christmas shopping offer which Bath provides. Through a massive team effort, we have delivered a market which celebrates British businesses and quality.

"Lots of new traders, combined with a bigger layout to ease the flow of visitors, and a more even spread of mid-week and weekend visits, mean that many businesses have had one of their best ever years’ trading.”

This year 176 local and regional businesses were part of the market including a small number of startups who took advantage of new incubator units on Bath Street.

Gemma Faithfull of Faithfull’s Quality Baking used the Christmas Market to sell her products commercially for the first time.

“I have always loved the atmosphere of Bath’s Christmas Market and as a local I see the value of appearing here. I am also learning from the other stalls on how to decorate and present my chalet, which I will take on board for next year.”

Mr Brooks-Sykes said the short-term disruption experienced by local people was worth it.

“In terms of disruption there is some but we are trying to minimise that. We work with local businesses and people around the market - people who directly impacted by the road closures.

“I think most people would recognise that at the end of the day the market is good news for Bath - the market itself and all it brings but the marketing opportunity it brings.”

Themis Mikellides owner of Bath Aqua Glass is a longtime supporter of the market.

“The Bath Christmas Market brings life and festivity to the city by bringing people from as far and wide as America, China and Liverpool.

"And as I have been trading here since the very start back in 2001, I can honestly say that over the years it has certainly helped in growing my business and putting Bath Aqua Glass on the map.”

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