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Decision made about Orange Pip Market’s future home after Centre Square test and recent extension

Orange Pip Market will remain in its new expanded home – despite its Centre Square success.

Middlesbrough Council has confirmed that the popular monthly event will continue to operate from its original home and recent extension into Albert Road.

The artisan market had tried out Centre Square for its “summer special” in June.

And it proved to be a huge hit with the thousands of people who attended, despite concerns it would lose its unique atmosphere.

“Once again this month’s Orange Pip Market will be on Baker and Bedford Street as well as Albert Road which we expanded into last month,” said a spokesman for Middlesbrough Council.

“The Summer Special on Centre Square in June was a great success and received great feedback but the newly expanded site on the aforementioned streets should give the market the ‘breathing space’ it has needed with the big crowds who enjoy the event.”

Orange Pip Market in Centre Square, Middlesbrough

Orange Pip was launched in May 2016 with the aim of offering “high-quality food products and contemporary street food in a creative and cultural environment”.

And from attracting just over 20 vendors, as well as arts, culture and entertainment at the first event, it now regularly attracts around double that.

It even grew so much in such a short space of time that just three months after its launch it had to expand into neighbouring Bedford Street to give the market “a little more breathing space.”

As well as this, Orange Pip has led to a town centre “business boom” worth an estimated £1m to the local economy.

A review of the monthly artisan food market’s performance in 2016 highlighted how 40,000 people were recorded as visiting Baker and Bedford Street across the seven market days from May to November.

Local business owners also told how Orange Pip has led to a 120% increase in sales when compared like-for-like against non-market Saturdays.

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