‘Worst start ever’ for Nottingham market as traders unable to pay their wages

The cost of living crisis has led to the “worst turnout ever” at a popular food market in Nottingham, disappointed traders said. Business owners at the International Market in Old Market Square said they are struggling to pay their salaries and make ends meet as “people don’t spend money on food anymore.”

The sellers spoke on the first day of the market, Wednesday, March 22. Habib Ullah, who has been working in the food industry for 12 years, told Nottinghamshire Live: “We can’t afford to pay our wages.

“The cost of living crisis has affected us all. People are just spending less in the markets.”

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Before his arrival in Nottingham, he was in Stockport trading from his Oriental Kitchen stall. He added: “It was very bad. We are using the frozen food we had for Stockport because we haven’t sold it.

“We have to sell between £2,000 and £3,000 worth of food. We only sold £1,200. It’s going downhill.”

Johnny Taniga has echoed his fellow grocer’s frustration. Taniga, owner of Karahi Spice, added: “It used to be a very busy market. It’s not just Nottingham, it’s everywhere.”


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