West Norfolk entrepreneurs offered a chance to own a market stall

Entrepreneurs are being encouraged to 'test the market' in King's Lynn and Hunstanton as part of a new initiative by West Norfolk Council.

The scheme, which will be launched for National Markets Fortnight which starts next week will see up to 12 new traders join existing stallholders on Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn and South End Car Park in Hunstanton from August 6 to August 12. The scheme is designed to encourage entrepreneurialism and to help to bring diversity to the market. Alistair Beales, cabinet member for regeneration at West Norfolk Council, said: 'In recent years with the rise of internet shopping and low cost large retailers the nature of markets has changed.

'We already have some fantastic regular stalls but we would like to attract a greater variety of traders to the market to strengthen what's on offer for shoppers. We are particularly interested in people who have antiques, collectables, paintings or hand-crafted goods as well as those people who have a brand new idea that they want to test out.'

To find out more about the initiative or to apply for one of the free pitches contact the markets department on 01553 616222.