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Opportunity for new businesses to flourish at Our Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre 'entrepreneur zone'

A new 'entrepreneur zone' for newly-launched businesses wanting to start trading at outdoor events and festivals will feature at this year’s Our Bury St Edmunds Whitsun Fayre.

The zone, part of the spring bank holiday weekend event on May 30 and 31, will give newer businesses the chance to trade alongside like-minded individuals and the opportunity to swap advice and tips about how their businesses have developed and grown.

The free annual event, which traditionally focusses on gardening, plants and flowers, will this year also welcome hand-made crafts and farmers' market-style stalls.

Whitsun Fayre 2019......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (46316073)
Whitsun Fayre 2019......PICTURE: Mecha Morton... (46316073)

Last year’s Whitsun Fayre was cancelled due to the pandemic. In 2021, event organiser Our Bury St Edmunds has decided not to include some of the fayre's usual elements to ensure it is as Covid-safe as possible. As a result, there are more stall-holder opportunities.

Jackie Regan, events manager, said: “This year gives us a perfect opportunity to create a specific area for growing businesses which want to take that next step into selling at larger markets and outdoor events.

"We’d particularly like to hear from anyone who has started their business since the pandemic began, but the entrepreneur zone will be for anyone who hasn’t traded at an event of this size before.

“We also still have some pitches available across the whole event – garden and plant-focussed businesses will be especially welcome, whether it’s upcycled planters and garden furniture, artificial flowers, or even floral-themed arts and crafts.”

All on-site catering pitches are taken.

Meanwhile, shops and businesses in the town which are members of Our Bury St Edmunds are also able to book a stall to complement their usual offering.

The two-day Whitsun Fayre is a free event May 30 and 31, 10am-4pm.

For stall-booking details, call Jackie on 01284 766258 or email jackie.regan@ourburystedmunds.com. For more information about the fayre, go to www.ourburystedmunds.com

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