Who we are
Levenshulme Market is a volunteer-run market that operates every weekend between March and December in Levenshulme, South Manchester. We are a social enterprise limited by guarantee. Learn more about our work as a social enterprise here.
The history of the Market
The Market launched as a Community Interest Company (CIC) in 2013. Our incorporation as an independent, not-for-private-profit business followed a number of unsuccessful pilot markets run by Manchester City Council. We set up because we believe that a Market can help improve the high street. However, from the outset, we have always been clear in our vision that a healthy high street needs to be underpinned by an economically healthy community and that – as a social enterprise – is the mission we seek to support. You can learn more about the work we do as a social enterprise here.
In 2014 we moved from a monthly operational model to a weekly market, which we remain today.
Since 2015 we have undertaken a number of research projects, community funding schemes and partnerships with local organisations that have helped us to increase the impact we have in the community. Learn more about our projects here.
Since the summer of 2020 we have been operating as Levenshulme Market Shop & Go, a modified market model which incorporates a number of changes to allow us to ensure social distancing and public health measures can be accommodated during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find out more about how Shop & Go works here.
The Market is owned and strategically led by a team of volunteer directors with expertise in different fields ranging from finance and HR to marketing and community engagement. All the directors are unpaid and residents of Levenshulme.
They are supported by a team of staff who manage the day-to-day operation of the Market – everything from booking the traders to sweeping out puddles. All of our staff are paid above the National Living Wage. You can find out more about the team here.
You can keep up to date with all things Levy Market with our newsletter. We also produce a regular newsletter for market stallholders and another for our community here in Levenshulme detailing all the local goings-on. You can sign up to all of them here.