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Monday 9 May 2011 12.31pm
I would imagine they're already aware of it so be prepared for a polished script aimed at silencing all criticism. The market should be attuned to the community which it claims to serve, this focus has evidently slipped off the radar of late. It requires less top down management and more grassroots involvement. A few choice words not generally noted in business school:

Social engagement
Consensus building
Mutual sympathy

Threatening traders with eviction is so not good business practice and suggests a desperate management team running out of ideas. Be prepared to say sorry we got it wrong. Get PW down to an allotment so as he might educate himself in the concept of nurturing and growth; roll up those corporate sleeves and get those hands dirty. Its good for the soul.
Monday 9 May 2011 12.40pm
Is anyone able to confirm the names of the 8 traders who have been served with a notice to quit by the Trustees of Borough Market? I could not identify it from the statement/press release mentioned in the SE1 news, or from the BM website (I could not find a news section or the statement/press release in the BM website).

Monday 9 May 2011 12.52pm
These guys really know how to shoot themselves in the foot. I feel there needs to be an open meeting with all concerned to discuss the issues raised here and the somewhat draconian attitude of the trustees as they stand.
Monday 9 May 2011 2.31pm
Truthmonkey-home wrote:
Tolstoy wrote:
Who are the trustees exactly?


Although I would not that they are late in filing, so this list may be out of date. Their website indicates a slightly difference list of people -
that must be very out of date as Karen told me that she was not a trustee anymore and that was over a year ago. it may be the same for some of hte other names.
Monday 9 May 2011 2.31pm

(1)Last Saturday there was a sign saying it was the Borough [sic] Cheese Company's last day at Borough Market.

(2)They have disappeared from the Borough Market website:

(3)They do have a presence at Maltby Street:
Monday 9 May 2011 2.40pm
I agree and disagree with various comments made on this thread.

In the past decade the whole area has been regenerated and that combined with a number of world class attractions along the Southbank has unfortunately drawn a mixed visitor demographic to our area but you can still enjoy a pleasant shopping experience dependant on when you choose to visit. We always going friday afternoon or first thing Saturday. The hot food is not the major concern although a number of the burger offers are less than inspiring. Good quality street food has its place but needs to be regulated. All good markets around the globe have a element of on the hoof offers.

Even though the traders need our full support, I feel that some of the cleansing operation the BM management are doing could be for the better. We have stopped shopping at a few stalls over the past few years because of increased prices and not comparable quality. Take Cranberry for example- Several years ago they had a great selection of dried fruit now its all smiles, cheap quality and heavily aimed at tourists and parents with nagging children in need of a sugar rush. Turnips- What a rip off.

The more you dig the more you find.. I have just heard that the Maltby Street traders had been handing out flyers to encourage people to start shopping at Maltby street. Thats a bit naughty.

Lets see what unfolds now...and hope that things change for the positive....
Monday 9 May 2011 3.02pm
An open letter from the chairman of Borough Market in response to an earlier post in this thread

Dear Mr Mullett,

Following your 'open letter' to SE1 today I wanted to respond to the only issue you raise that matters - quality of what's available to Borough Market shoppers. I will not respond to your personal attack on me although I do take a very serious view of the personal comments you made about members of the team at Borough Market whose only focus is on creating a better Borough Market for traders and shoppers.

Halting the last decade's decline in standards at Borough Market is fundamental to its future success. So I repeat to you what we say to all traders: if your produce is exactly as you describe it - and of the finest quality - if your loyalty is first with the food shoppers and community of Borough Market, no trader has anything to be concerned about. 

I made a promise recently to the people who live and work around Borough Market to return this place to being something of relevance to them. I have also made a public promise to our loyal shoppers that no matter how much or little they can afford to spend of their hard earned money, there will be something truly special here for everyone.

I and my Board intend to see these promises through. There is no other agenda at work.

Normally we believe that business between traders and market is best conducted with integrity and in private; that's how we resolve all issues and you, as a trader representative, should know that better than anyone. However, in light of your decision to make public your letter to me, we have no choice but to make this letter public in order to address any concerns that your comments might have raised and to ensure the utmost transparency of our motives.

Yours sincerely,

Peter Wilkinson,
Trustees of Borough Market.

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Monday 9 May 2011 3.17pm
[quote simon farmer]
The more you dig the more you find.. I have just heard that the Maltby Street traders had been handing out flyers to encourage people to start shopping at Maltby street. Thats a bit naughty. quote]

Isn't that just called advertising? As far as I am aware most businesses do it to ty and attract new customers away from the opposition.
Monday 9 May 2011 3.18pm
Hi There, the traders evicted are; Kapascein, Keiser swiss cheese, Borough cheese (comte), mons (cheese), Hophurst farm bio-dynamic butcher, Stichelton cheese, topolski polish stall, The Parmesan cheese company and the related salami stall.

On top of that Brindisa have been told to move their hot chorizo stall inside only a few months after a massive refit that included the new grilling area being totally revamped up to a standard insisted upon by the management. I happen to know that they already wanted to get rid of the hot chorizo part when they approved the refit and stood back and let it happen. Please dont ask me how i know, please just trust me it is true. the letter from Lee Mullett appears as he has been told to stop trading hot food and some of his other items after a member of the management "traced" his packaging and wasn't happy with what he found. What he "found" was packaging used by mr Mullett to transport from his production base to to borough and related in no way to its provenance. Roast the restaurant have been given 21 days notice to close roast to go.

In all we estimate over 20 people are have lost their jobs be they full or part time For what?

i have worked at the market for a good no of years. what i have witnessedd is exactly as i have read on this forum. The chair of trustees is a corporate animal who indeed lives in vienna. it used to be that you had to be a permanent resident of SE1 to even be on the board of trustees. in the recentish past this was somehow altered allowing this situation. if you only ask yourself one question please ask this one;

If you were a multi-millionaire (and i have no issue with multi millionaires working with one or two over the years)and you have admitted on Radio 4 that you are "a businessman through and through" with "no background in food.......or markets" and you have made your money in railways but your speciality - and i quote from his cv available online "A former railway managing and commercial
director and a board member of one of the world’s leading financial institutions,
Pete is of the Industry’s most universally recognised and respected strategic and
commercial advisors. Pete is a leading strategy advisor to both public and private sector
rail organisations throughout Europe, Australasia and the Middle East, specialising in
the restructuring of rail industry structures and their commercialisation, Pete has been
instrumental in the market entry of corporate entities into the rail industry across Europe.
" and you enter into the unpaid role of head trustee of a fine food market (of which remember you have no experience of either food or markets) which is set underneath the railway lines of the busiest london railway station - which is itself being redeveloped to build The Shard - and that market is undergoing a huge upheaval as more railway lines are built over it necessitating a certain amount of redevelopment. If that were you where would your business accumen be leading you?

I look forward to reading your responses and good luck in the meeting. if there were one question to ask glennis i would suggest; You have been in charge now for over two years can we plese see hard copies of your business plan setting out EXACTLY your plans for Borough Market over the next 5-10 years? that should stump her!
Monday 9 May 2011 3.18pm
Are there two Borough Markets? The one that we've pretty much stopped going to is increasingly dotted with long queues of tourists paying top dollar for fairly ordinary burgers.

If these traders weren't dotted in the narrowest points of the market, maybe we'd be inclined to fight our way past them, to the traders who we genuinely used to enjoy chatting to and buying from.

As it is, we'll continue going to Bermondsey Square and Maltby Street on a Saturday morning. It's far more enjoyable and better value.
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