Expanding market stall looking for new premises says town centre rents ‘too high’

Dan Gregory and Colin Steele from Second Earth, a market stall selling vinyl, CDs and cassettes. PNL-160108-122226001
Dan Gregory and Colin Steele from Second Earth, a market stall selling vinyl, CDs and cassettes. PNL-160108-122226001

A popular market stall which is looking to take on a premises in Aylesbury town centre is facing high rents and business rates in a bid to find a suitable site.

Daniel Gregory, of Second Earth, a market stall specialising in new music on vinyl, CD and cassette, said during their search for a new premises, it had been difficult to find an affordable shop front.

Mr Gregory contacted the Bucks Herald following a story last week about ‘toxic’ business rates driving small businesses from the town.

Speaking to the Bucks Herald, Mr Gregory said: “Small independent business make a town like Aylesbury interesting and these are businesses that should be helped in some way.”

He added although he understood the comment from AVDC councillor for economic delivery, Steve Bowles, who said AVDC was not in a position to subsidise commercial ventures, there were plenty of empty shop units in town that were too expensive for small businesses.

“There is a real danger they will be filled with charmless chains.

“It is all well and good having something like Nandos but we want to draw people to the town from Milton Keynes and it is small, independent businesses that will make people want to come here,” Mr Gregory said.

He added not only were a lot of town centre units too expensive, they were also too large with huge deposits required.

“We have only been trading for a few months in the weekly market. We have outgrown our market stall and we need to expand to offer more of an experience for our customers,” he said.

“The rents in town centre units are incredibly high and that’s before you even consider the rates.

“It is very hard for small businesses to get a step on the ladder when a large chain can go into these units without batting an eyelid.”