Frequently Asked Questions

If you have a question about the market, please take a look at the FAQs below. If you are considering applying for a stall, please read our terms and conditions of trading before booking. When you’re ready to apply, you can access our webshop here.

Where is the market?

Levenshulme Market is a pop-up outdoor market trading on the Levenshulme train station car park on weekends from March to December. The address is Farmside Place, Off Stockport Road, Levenshulme, Manchester. M19 3AB. Click here for directions to the site.

How much does a stall cost?

The prices for 2019 are as follows:

Stall fees for Saturday markets are £37 for a single stall, £22 for a shared stall and £74 for a double stall. Fees for van/trailer pitches are £37 for a vehicle that is 3.5m or less, and £55.50 for a vehicle that is 3.6m or over. The cost for electricity (if required) is £6 per single allocation (1400w use) or £12 per double allocation (2800w use). Shared stalls are not available with electricity.

Stall fees for Friday night markets are £70 for a single stall, £35 for a shared stall and £140 for a double stall. Fees for van/trailer pitches are £70 for a vehicle that is 3.5m or less, and £105 for a vehicle that is 3.6m or over. The cost of electricity is as above.

Stall fees for Tuesday university markets are £65 for a hot/street food stall and £30 for a cold food/produce stall. Fees for van/trailer pitches are £65 for a vehicle that is 3.5m or less, and £97.50 for a vehicle that is 3.6m or over. Electricity is available at UoM markets at £6 for up to 1400w.

How big is a stall?

A single stall is 3m x 3m and a double stall is twice this. A shared stall is a single shared with one other trader, either back to back or on a corner.

What is included with the stall?

The price of the stall fee includes gazebo shelter, one table per trader (extras may be available on the day at no extra cost, but these aren’t guaranteed) and the stall set up for you ready for your arrival. Please note that we require traders to use our gazebos unless trading from a catering or other trading vehicle. Traders are encouraged to decorate/brand their stalls in whatever way they wish.

What size are your tables?

Here’s a link to the tables we use at the market (large size), in case you need the size to get banners made or plan your product display.

How do shared stalls work?

A shared stall is a single (3m x 3m) stall shared with one other trader, either back to back or on a corner. You can request that you’d like to share with another trader (and give their details) when booking. We will do our best to accommodate your request but can’t always guarantee it. Please note that if you wish to share with someone and you are separate businesses – covered by separate insurance policies – you will both need to apply and pay for separate shared stalls.

How do I apply for a stall?

You can apply for a stall either through an invitation email we send you (if you are in our database), by contacting us at info@levymarket.com or on our website. Please be aware that we only book three months of markets at a time (i.e. Mar-May) so not all dates for 2019 will be listed. Once you have completed your application, we will process the bookings and send you a confirmation email advising you of the dates you have successfully booked and which ones you have been placed on a waiting list for.

What do I need in order to trade?

Before trading, we require each and every trader to provide us with evidence of public liability insurance, with cover of at least £5 million. We often recommend www.cmtia.co.uk as it often works out the cheapest. Once your booking has been confirmed, please email us either a scanned copy or simply a picture of your insurance document to christine@levymarket.com.

If you sell food, we also require a copy of your Food Hygiene Training Level 2 certificate or equivalent, sent to the same email address.

If you will be using our power (see question below), you will need to provide us with the EXACT wattage and details of the electrical equipment you’ll be using. All equipment should be PAT tested and safe to use.

Is electricity available?

We provide traders with electricity at an extra charge of £6 for up to 1400w and £12 for up to 2800w. Details of equipment and exact wattage must be provided before trading, and 2800w is the maximum we can offer to any individual trader.

What are the trading hours for the market?

The market dates for 2019 can be found here. Current trading hours for daytime Saturday markets are 10am to 4pm. Friday night markets tend to trade from 5pm to 9pm. On Saturday markets, traders can arrive to set up from 8am but must be ready by 9.45am. It is a strict condition of booking that traders MUST stay until 4pm when the market closes. It is not fair to other traders, or to the customers who visit the market, for traders to leave early.

Our Tuesday food markets at the University of Manchester are open from 11.30am to 2.30pm during term-time.

Do I have to pay now, when I apply for a stall?

No. Payment is due once your booking(s) is confirmed by us by email. We require stall fees for a calendar month at a time (i.e. all your confirmed trading dates in March) to be paid in advance. This applies to all market types.

Once your booking is confirmed, we will send you an email containing all of your confirmed dates and a payment schedule, as well as a link to our payment portal Golden Giving. It is a charitable giving website (which is why it uses the word ‘donation’) but also supports social enterprises such as Levy Market. All payments are secure and you should receive an automated email receipt.

If you wish, you can pay for more than a month’s worth of dates or even all of your bookings at once. This is up to you, but please consider that prompt and advance payments help the market team immensely.

Do you accept last minute bookings, and how does payment work for those?

We accept last minute bookings if space is available. If you are applying for market dates that are within a few days or after the deadline payment date for that month, we will require payment immediately in order to secure your space. Apply through the webshop as normal, then we will email to confirm your booking and provide the link to pay.

Which payment types do you accept? 

You can pay for your stalls using the link on your confirmation email, which takes you to our payment portal Golden Giving.

It is a charitable giving website (which is why it uses the word ‘donation’) but also supports social enterprises such as Levy Market. All payments are secure and you should receive an automated email receipt.

You can pay by debit or credit card on Golden Giving, but there is also a ‘Compare and Choose’ option where other payment options (bank transfer, Paypal etc.) are available. Please note that we do not accept cheques although this option may be displayed on the Golden Giving site.

What happens if I haven’t paid my stall fee in time? 

We require stall fees for a calendar month at a time (i.e. all your confirmed trading dates in March) to be paid in advance. In your confirmation email, we will provide a deadline date for each calendar month’s stall fees to be paid by (this will usually be around two weeks before the start of the month). Early payments help to reduce our workload, and it gets you in our good books!

If you haven’t paid by midnight on the deadline date, we will be forced to notify you that your bookings for the whole booking period (i.e. March to May) have been cancelled and the spaces offered to the next trader on the waiting list. You can contact us to reapply but there is no guarantee that we will still have spaces left on your preferred dates.

I’m on the waiting list – what does that mean?

When you receive confirmation of your bookings, you may spot that some dates have ‘WAITING LIST’ next to them. There are several reasons why you may have been placed on a waiting list –  the market you booked for may be full, there may be traders booked in for that day whose products are close enough to your own as to be likely to diminish your trade. If we receive any cancellations, we will make it a priority to contact traders on the waiting list with as much notice as possible.

Is parking available? 

There is limited availability of parking on the other side of the public car park the market is based on. However, this gets very busy on a market day and spaces are not guaranteed. Traders may not double park, block anyone else in or drive onto the market site itself.

If you arrive and there is no space then please unload and then ask a member of our team (the ones in the hi vis vests) to mind your stall – you can then move your car to the car park at Tesco, which is approximately 3 minute’s walk from the site. You will need to display a permit to park at Tesco, a link to print one off will be sent to you before the market in case you need it. Please ensure you park at the far end of the car park (near the recycling bins) only.

What do I do about waste?

Traders are responsible for removing ALL of their own waste from the market, and must also avoid putting anything down the drains.

Is running water available on site?

No, not at present. You must bring your own water for cooking etc. and make plans for hand washing (i.e. using anti-bacterial wipes, disposable gloves, tongs, heating up water etc.)

Still stuck? Feel free to drop us an email at info@levymarket.com and we’ll do our best to answer your query.