Summer is on the way and with it comes the promise of a myriad of markets across the nation. From food and wine festivals to arts and crafts fairs, there’s something for every Brit! Of course, with summer looming stall holders will also be starting to piece together plans of action. While aesthetics, stock and sales techniques are important, safety should be every market stall holder’s number one priority. To help keep events incident free, we’ve come up with a list of useful tips on how to run a safe stall this summer.
Have a secure stash of cash
Unlike conventional retail stores, market stalls are often open and less secure. Unfortunately, this means that the risk of theft is increased. To ensure you don’t lose your daily profits to theft it’s advisable to keep your float locked away or hidden in a safe place. Even better, why not invest in bum bags that mean you and your staff can quite literally wear your cash float and profits? Not the most stylish of options but definitely the most secure!
Train your staff
Market stalls often pop-up in a different location each week which means working environments are ever changing. This means it’s important for all staff to receive thorough safety training. From event evacuation routes to stall set-up procedures, offering the right training will ensure safer events for your business, your staff and your customers.
Be prepared for rain
When it comes to the safety of your stock you should always be prepared for rain. Yes, the UK has some glorious summer days but there are also some wet and windy ones! Ideally, your stall should be undercover, or at least have a tarpaulin or umbrella that you can quickly erect. The last thing you want is for all your stock to get ruined because you weren’t properly prepared.
Know the laws
It’s essential that you have a thorough understanding of any laws or regulations that may apply to your particular sector. For example, if you sell food or drink the health and safety laws are incredibly strict. Be sure to do your research beforehand to protect your business from non-compliance fines.
Take out market stall insurance
No matter how well prepared you are there is always the risk of something going awry. Whether it’s an injured customer, a stolen cash float or any other incident, market stall insurance will offer you total support and protection. At the end of the day, insurance is integral to running a safe and responsible market stall.
Here’s to a safe and successful summer market season!
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