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Virtual Christmas market could bring small businesses together

Two Peterborough friends plan to spread cheer this festive season with a ‘virtual’ Christmas market a selection of stalls selling home-made products. 
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Peterborough women getting ready for a virtual Christmas market ahead of festive season (Picture: Pixabay)

Abigail Baker and Becca Moore are preparing for a Christmas market this year, to be organised via a Facebook page with almost 40 stalls already on board. 

They both own an online make-up business and Abigail also works as an NHS  111 responder. Becca is a recent kidney transplant survivor and works full time as a senior support worker, supporting adults with additional needs. 

This is the first virtual Christmas market being set up by the pair and will be held between November 16 and 22. 

They hope to bring small businesses together and offer them a space to showcase their products ahead of the festive season. 

Talking about their plans, Abigail said: “A friend and myself were talking about finding some gifts from small businesses and we thought it would be a good idea to have everyone in one place. Also, I'm going to really miss going to the Christmas markets this year, as a family we really love them as they are such a lovely way to start the festive celebrations.  

“This is the first virtual market we have set up, so it's a learning curve for us, finding out what works and what needs tweaking. We are asking the "stall holders" their opinions too and what would work best for them so we can incorporate as many people are possible. 

“We have a wide range of businesses on the market page, from personalised children's clothes, to homemade wax melts, knitted creations, bath bombs, crystals, Christmas crafts and also including some network marking companies. Trying to make as many people from small businesses do their happy dances every time an order is placed.  

 “The Christmas Market will take place between November16 to 22, on in a Facebook group. All posts will only be by pre-approved businesses to post, they've been given set days that they can post so it makes it fair on everyone to be able to get their own faces out into the group. Each business has been asked to invite as many friends into the group as possible, then friends to invite friends to spread the words and share the customer love between all the businesses. 

“Unfortunately, we are at maximum capacity for stalls now so cannot take on anymore businesses.” 

More information on the upcoming festive market can be found here 

Alternatively, businesses and shoppers can get in touch with Abigail here.