Harborough Market benefits from new air conditioning system in transformation

Published Thursday 5 October 2023

Traders in the popular food hall of the indoor market are enjoying a brand new air conditioning system following the previous one failing in January and being deemed beyond repair.

The indoor food hall of Harborough Market
Harborough Market has new air con as part of makeover

Included in the new system install has been a new brighter ceiling and lighting.

The modern ceiling will help with energy efficiency along with the air conditioning units which will keep a steady ambient temperature all year round which means food traders such as Marks Fruit and Vegetables and John Ross Butchers will be able to manage the temperature of their produce with the benefit of less wastage.

Energy efficient LED lighting has created a much brighter and positive environment in the food hall and with all units benefitting from a fresh coat of paint and new signage for some, the market has had a makeover.

More developments have happened around the market with a branding overhaul. The market logo has been re-designed and is now pride of place on windows and doors with fabulous vinyls on the Northampton Road windows showcasing the type of products on sale and listings of resident traders.

Harborough District Council has spent £3,075 on these branding improvements funded through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

Customer and trader feedback has been positive with traders reporting an increase in sales following the improvements to the food hall and kerb appeal from Northampton Road.

Cllr Phil Knowles, Leader of Harborough District Council, said: “By making these necessary improvements we have revitalised and preserved what is an already bustling space at the heart of the community. Our small independent traders will now benefit from better facilities which in turn should increase footfall and improve Harborough district’s local economy.”

The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local investment by March 2025. The fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/uk-shared-prosperity-fund-prospectus