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Chiswick Flower Market (“CFM”) is run by volunteers and is a Community Interest Company – meaning that the surplus we make from stall rentals is reinvested back into the local community and used to promote the market.
The team works hard to make sure that there is an enjoyable atmosphere and that everyone has a good day. We have street entertainment at the market – plus we run occasional workshops and have themed markets to help draw the crowds – helping to create a great community vibe and to revitalise our town centre.
Our pitch fees for 2023 are £65 for a 3m x 3m stall and £125 for a 6m x 3m stall. We do not charge VAT.
Pitch locations are allocated before the market and whilst we try to accommodate requests, we cannot guarantee a fixed location and sometimes we do need to move traders’ locations between markets.
Pitch fees must be paid by bank transfer 10 working days before market day in order to secure your pitch otherwise it will be offered to other traders on our waiting list.
As well as paying your fees, we’ll sign a contract with you. Please read it carefully as well as the appendices.
We also need to be provided with your public liability insurance details showing cover of at least £2m. There are many brokers who offer this insurance including Graham Sykes Graham Sykes.
You need to bring your own stand and stall equipment which must have a professional appearance. We don’t provide any equipment or tables.
If you are using a gazebo, it needs to be sturdy and suitable for a market. Garden gazebos are not acceptable.
It is essential to bring good quality gazebo weights which will secure the gazebo from gusts of wind. If you do not have the right equipment, we will ask you to leave the market before we open. Even if the weather forecast is good, you must bring weights.
We encourage all traders to take credit or debit cards rather than cash so please bring a credit card terminal / point of sale.
We can provide an electricity supply to some pitches for lighting – particularly in the winter months. Please contact us well in advance of the market to arrange this.
Please bring rubbish bags to remove all your rubbish as we do not offer rubbish disposal or recycling facilities. A broom to sweep up after you is also useful.
You should also bring paper or biodegradable bags for your customers. You can also sell some Chiswick Flower Market jute bags from your pitch if you would like to.
And be prepared for all weathers! We operate come rain or shine unless the weather is really extreme.
The flower market has around 35 – 40 pitches. There is a waiting list and some traders are asked to rotate so that as many people as possible get a chance to attend the market. Priority is given to local businesses, those with high sustainability criteria, and those who bring something different to the market.
All stallholders need to meet a minimum standard of appearance – and we are happy to help novice traders with making sure their stall looks good and that they have good sales! Being engaged with our visitors – with a big friendly smile – really helps.
Please arrive between 7am and 8am. We shall email you details of the location of your pitch normally the day before the market. When you arrive, please go straight to your pitch and unload, and then park your vehicle before setting up your stall.
Your stall needs to be ready to trade from when we open and you need to stay open and trading until the market closes.
We’ll confirm to you where you can park any vehicles.
When the market closes, we ask you to take down your stall and then collect your vehicle to load up and leave. Please park your vehicle in a place that lets other traders pass – it will have been a long day and people will want to get home!
You must leave your pitch clean and without rubbish otherwise we will charge you £50 for cleaning. This includes making sure there is no plant foliage left.
The market is open from 9.00am to 4.00pm during the summer months and from 9.00am to 3.30pm in winter.
We usually offer a free local delivery service by cargo bike for all goods bought at the market. If customers wish us to look after their purchases whilst they visit the rest of Chiswick, then we offer a plant creche service. This is organised and sponsored by Whitman and Co. Please encourage your customers to use it!
We are close to the M4 junction and the North Circular. Our postcode for your satnav is W4 2DR.
Vehicular access to Old Market Place for unloading is at the junction of Devonshire Road with Chiswick High Road.
Electricity – There is mains electricity for some stall holders by prior agreement.
WIFI – There is good quality 4G coverage at most of the market. There is no public Wi-Fi.
Water – There is only access to water before 9.30am, if needed. Ask one of our team for help when you arrive.
Toilets – Access to toilet facilities are provided locally, by arrangement with pubs/cafes from 7.00am onwards.
We have banned plastic bags.
We encourage all visitors to bring their own bags and traders must do the same. CFM branded jute bags are available to buy providing a sustainable alternative for visitors who have not brought their own bag.
Biodegradable bags are acceptable.
If a trader uses plastic bags, they will be asked to stop trading immediately.
We ask that traders look to reduce their use of plastic in flower wrappings.
The overuse of peat is harmful to the environment and so we ask that all growing medium be peat-free, or with reduced peat content.
We undertake a risk assessment of the market to ensure a safe environment for all visitors, traders and volunteers. If the market manager asks you to do something, you must comply.
We promote the market and Chiswick on social media, with advertising and with a regular newsletter. We will promote you as a trader and we ask that you also let your customers and followers know about the market.
Our friendly team are around all day and are based at the Chiswick Flower Market gazebo.