Are you a modern maker, creative, artist or food & drinks producer ? If you'd love to be involved in The Creative Collaboration Market in partnership with Pedddle, well look no further, applications are now open!
We are really excited to announce that Dumfries Market Festival are teaming up and working in partnership with Pedddle – who promote markets and independent traders from across the UK – to pull together an online virtual market opportunity for Global Creative Collaboration Day on 26th September 2020.
We will be part of Pedddle's Creative Collaboration Market where markets from all across the country will be coming together for an exciting day of independent shopping!
Pedddle have run several successful online markets and this time it will be a collaboration of a selection of market operators from around the UK and Europe, including ours! How exciting is that!?
So how will it work?
Each market will run at the same time on the day. Pedddle will encourage visitors to dip into lots of markets so that we all get new visitors and potential customers find out about your business online. On the day itself, we will encourage makers taking part to post on social media and be just as active in engaging people as if you would be at one of our usual, real-world markets. So you must be prepared to work hard on your social media during and on the run up to the event. As well as driving incremental sales from your shoppable website, it will be a great way to increase your brand awareness nationally, to a really engaged and relevant audience.
PLEASE NOTE | You must have an online store and be able to deliver nationwide in order to participate in this market.
As part of the market you'll be incuded on the Pedddle website. On Pedddle.com customers will be able to choose a market to shop from and then by clicking on the image of each trader from that market, customers will be able to shop direct from your own website.
Is there an Application Criteria?
For this online market, we will be selecting all the businesses in the same APPLICATION CRITERIA that we would for our real life events and market festival. At The Guild Dumfries, we aim to provide visitors to Dumfries Market Festival with a diverse range of makers, creatives, independent businesses, food and beverage producers, with an emphasis on quality, regional and seasonal produce. Over a short space of time, we’ve built a strong reputation in the community as a key platform for emerging business owners to gain exposure and develop a brand presence.
To ensure we continue to maintain our reputation we take care and commitment throughout our entire application process. The Guild Dumfries will review each and every application thoughtfully, and we don't take it lightly it’s a serious business and a big job! If you’ve never applied to be involved in one of events before, please don’t be scared! We LOVE to hear from new makers and we're happy to give advice before you make an application. We’re keen to support all of our traders, both fledgling and the more experienced.
How do I apply?
As the market isn’t that far away, if you are interested in taking part, you will need to apply as soon as possible and no later than 1st September 2020 at MIDNIGHT. All you need to do is complete the online application. You'll find the link below.
All successful applicants will be contacted by email with more information and payment details. If we offer you a place, you will then need to complete a few details about your work on the Pedddle website, we will give you full instructions and offer you support so this can be done easily and shouldn't take long.
This is a great opprtunity and a low-cost way for makers, creatives and producers to create greater awareness about their work, engaging with visitors and making sales. Taking part is a great way for you and your business to interact directly with new and existing audiences, gain feedback about your products and also we hope have some fun being part of our creative community while you work. We hope you will be interested in joining our community and getting involved at this collaborative market.
The Guild Dumfries are really looking forward to working in partnership with Pedddle at this online market on Saturday 26th September from 10 am until 10pm. If you'd love to be involved, you'll need to fill out our online application form below. Before you do, don't forget to read all the finer details below. By taking part at the market you are confirming you agree with The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C terms and conditions.
We will send you all the details you need to make payment if your application is successful, please do NOT send payment with your application form. The Guild Dumfries can receive payment in advance by bank transfer, details of which will be included within your acceptance email. Payment will be required by a date specified in the acceptance email. Your booking is not secure until full payment has been made. If payment has not been received before the payment deadline stated in your acceptance mail, your selling space at the market will be allocated to another business on our waiting list. Bookings are non transferable.
Successful applicants will be charged £10 by The Guild plus a Pedddle fee as stated below:
– Non-members of Pedddle – £8.50 Pedddle fee
– Standard Pedddle Members – £5 Pedddle fee
– Premium Pedddle Members – No Pedddle fee
MARKETING & PR
We will be marketing The Creative Collaboration Market on all our social media accounts, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. During the day of the market we will be predominately using our Instagram account to host a programme of live events and workshops, demos, meet the makers etc. We will also promote the event on our website, blog, to our mailing list and within our network of organisations, partners and supporters. Each maker will receive a media kit that we encourage you to use on your social media and website.
Dates For your Diary!
Start promotion| Monday 14th September
Have your Pedddle page ready | Friday18th September
Previews start: Wednesday 23rd September
Market Day: Saturday 26th September
At any of our events, food safety is important. All food & drinks producers will need to provide us with copies of the following documents if their application is successful.
• Food Hygiene Certificate/s.
• Food Hygiene Rating.
• Details of the local authority you are registered with.
REFUND & CANCELLATIONS
In the event this market is cancelled or postponed, no refunds will be given due to the nature of the event and the organisation required.
If you wish to cancel for any reason, no refunds will be given unless in exceptional circumstances, at the discretion of The Guild Dumfries C.I.C. Refinds will only be the payment made to The Guild Dumfries.
FRIENDS OF THE GUILD
We ask that all successful applicants become FRIENDS OF THE GUILD so that you are showing your support for The Guild (Dumfries) C.I.C. It also allows us to show potential funders, stakeholders and others that the community supports the work that we are doing.
WHAT WE’D LIKE YOU TO DO
The Creative Collaborative Market is an exciting online community event, designed specifically to promote our aims and vision but also to promote your work and business. To make the sales process as easy as possible for customers you must have an online store to take part in this event, this can be from your own website, Etsy, Folksy, Shopify or another marketplace. Selling only through Facebook or Instagram does not count. You will also be expected to set up your own profile on Pedddle, following their instructions/guidelines by the deadline.
If you are successful, we would also like businesses to promote their attendance, let your mailing list know, post details or share information on social media, your blog and website. We happily invite you to send us content, social media posts and images that can be used in the run up to the event and to share your story.
We also want customers who visit you on the day to know the makers and people behind the marvellous products they purchase. We want them to get to know you a little better. To do this you must be present and active on social media during the day of the market, even if its just a couple of hours. You will be also be encouraged to go live on social media with others and by yourself. This is a key part of the market and we want you to make the most out of taking part. It really helps to be seen so you can build a connection and engage with followers. You should also be commenting and interacting with other stallholders, as well as replying to any comments and direct messages on your posts. You should treat this online event similarly to real market and be prepared to put the hours in. Support and advice will be given to help you.
By taking part in The Creative Collaborative Market, you are agreeing to these terms & conditions above. Space is limited at this event so if your application is unsuccessful this time, please don't be disheartened or take it personally. We want to provide visitors and customers to our curated events with a mix of sellers and disciplines and an alternative shopping experience.
BEFORE YOU START
- Please ensure you've read all the information above before you complete your application form.
- Our online application forms require you to have an account with Google so that you can upload files and also request to have a copy of your completed form emailed to you. You will need to be signed in to access the forms and click the 'APPLY NOW' link below.
- While your application can be sent to you and re-edited after you submit, we recommend filling it out in one sitting and not stopping and starting this form. So before you start please have all of your information and at least 5 SQUARE images prepared and ready to to use.