We need you to join our independent community to help us maintain our independence and to survive and thrive.
Behind the shopping there is social benefit – we are a not-for-profit social enterprise reinvesting any surplus back into our community event. Each year we help raise thousands of pounds for Frome-based charities as well as generating an estimated £2.5 million pounds of economic benefit for Frome. We employ and receive help and support from many local businesses and community partners.
In order to keep the event in the town centre, free to everyone who wants to attend, keep pitch fees affordable for our traders, and to continue with the extra-curricular activities that make us ‘more than a market’, we came up with the Market Maker scheme as a way for our visitors and fans to opt in and support us.
The deal is simple: Market Maker membership costs £30 for two people at the same address, for the year, which works out as £1.50 per person per market. In return members will receive a Market Maker card entitling them to amazing discounts and offers all year on market days, online and in between markets. Benefits come not only from The Frome Independent’s great traders, but also from a range of Frome’s fantastic independent businesses, creating a year-round, town-wide independent loyalty card.
This month we are running a Crowdfunder campaign to raise money to rejuvenate and update our much-loved pop-up Village Green.
We are also looking to raise funds to host Frome-On-Sea, our annual urban beach on Sunday 6th August. Funds will also support our work with local charities and community groups, helping them to raise money throughout the coming year.
If we reach our target of £5000, Frome Town Council will match-fund all the pledges, meaning that we can replace our threadbare fake grass and run a programme of events and activities over the next year.
We would love your support! We have rewards starting from £10 and if you’re interested in becoming a Market Maker you can claim the £30 reward to receive your Market Maker membership, plus receive a Reclaim The High Street With Us shopper (worth £15) and entry into our Crowdfunder campaign prize draw! For those looking to pledge a little more, there are some tantalising exclusives up for grabs in the form of exclusive one-off experiences with four of our best traders.
If you are an independent Frome business we have a corporate reward of £100 which will get you Market Maker membership, allowing you to make exclusive offers to our members, a window sticker and lots of promotion by us in our newsletter and on our social media platforms.