It’s been a while since I ventured into Sneinton Market, but I was there last week meeting up with the Creative Quarter. Whilst it is work in progress, it really has been transformed – a major investment took place helped by European funding.
The retail units are basic but offer a real chance to start-ups to get a foot on the ladder. It’s quite an edgy place. The mix of current tenants is eclectic – woodworkers, t-shirt makers, cookery class shops and those bath-bomb things. The idea of the place is that if you make something here – for retail use – it should be sold in the shop.
Some of the outdoor space has been improved and will offer that all important ‘life between buildings‘.
I am told that the majority of the units are let and there’s limited availability.
Te next thing that needs to happen in my view is to improve the connectivity between the bottom of Hockley and the market. It’s not far physically – but the ‘super highway’ of Lower Parliament Street is a barrier. The signage isn’t great either. If some ‘destination’ retailers can get some visibility this will help.
Work in progress, but good work in progress.