Traders have praised a business group for offering free access to a Christmas market.
Aberdeen Inspired offered independent traders the chance to sell their wares from the Market on the Quad, part of the Aberdeen Christmas Village.
Traders were not asked to fork out for cash to reserve a space, unlike other similar markets and craft fairs, in a bid to encourage the people of the Granite City to buy local goods and produce.
Bee Struthers, a graduate from Gray’s School of Art who has a range of printed goods from phone cases to notebooks, said: “It’s been a really big help that I’ve got this for free. Some fairs that you go to you have to pay about £160 just to get a space for the weekend, so there’s a pressure there to sell more.”
Susan Yule, owner of organic nut butter company Hungry Squirrel, also spoke of how helpful a free space is.
She said: “It’s brilliant, because we’ve been provided with this space free of charge.
“Some of the national events that you go to can run you into the hundreds, or the thousands sometimes, so it’s not often that you get to do something like this for free.”
Traders change over at the market on a weekly basis, with each selling from Thursday to Sunday.
Susan, who plans to scale up the business by taking on the help of a kitchen team to make her products, sees the value of the market laid on by Aberdeen Inspired.
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She said: “It’s a really good way for us to get out into the local community.
“A lot of people might have heard of us or seen us but to allow people to be able to try things and to come and meet us is a really good opportunity.”
Bee, who has been making products for the past five years, has noticed a difference since she attended last year.
She said: “It’s more of a traditional set-up, it’s very festive and people are in really high spirits.
“A lot of people just walk in off the street as well. Because it is so central, they may not have realised that it was on and they just happened upon it.”
Scot Thompson is the director of Lumberjack Inc and LJ Fragrances, a series of male and female grooming products.
Scot has returned to the market for the second week running after another trader dropped out.
Lumberjack sold out of products completely during its last stay.
Scot said his company had a “sales record” on Thursday as well as experiencing a Friday sales record the following day. “It’s a vast improvement on last year, it looks a lot better,” he said.
“The only issue is that there’s not enough passing trade as there would be on Union Terrace, but saying that, business is good and if it was any better I’d be sold out and would have to close for the day.”
Adrian Watson, chief executive of Aberdeen Inspired, added: “Christmas in the Quad is a new element introduced to the Aberdeen Christmas Village this year and has received a great response.
“Supporting local businesses is one of our primary aims and we have a wonderful range of traders involved.”
The Christmas Village opened last month and is due to run until Hogmanay.