A FRESH way of working will come into play when the newly refurbished Burton Town Hall throws open its doors this week, according to those behind the scheme.
A fun, interesting and diverse offering will be in place for customers and traders when they step inside the historic building on Saturday, with owners East Staffordshire Borough Council claiming there will be something very different happening at the site than previously.
Councillor Robert Hardwick, the cabinet member behind the £1.6 million revamp project, said he thought it was vital for the hall to move with the times, to support small businesses and provide a new destination for shoppers.
“We have to move forward what we are offering, and it has to be something different.
“We need to attract people back to the market hall because it’s been closed a really long time.
“We need to open up to the opportunities not only for people who visit, but also for entrepreneurs.
“A lot of big businesses in the UK started out in market halls, showing that it can be a stepping stone. We’re keen to support that,” he added.
The hall will open in a blaze of glory on Saturday for the first time in almost a year.
There will be a full programme of entertainment and activities running throughout the day, and many of the traders will have opening offers.
With less than a week to go, just half of the stalls have been let, and casual bookings are being taken for the others.
Diane Howe, who runs the Kandy Factory with Liz Horsey, officially signed up this week. The pair were previously based in the Octagon.
She said: “I’ve always lived in Burton and remember the market hall from when I was a little girl.
“When we went in it felt lovely. It has a really nice feeling about it, and it’s perfect for what we want.”
The ribbon will be cut on the market hall at 10am on Saturday.