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    Scarborough Borough Council
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Revitalisation of Grade II Listed Scarborough Indoor Market

The scheme to renovate Scarborough Market was made possible thanks to a £2.7m grant from the Coastal Communities Fund, administered by the Big Lottery Fund. There was an opportunity to take the Market Hall forward as there was an increased demand especially for the food operators as their provenance is strong and largely supplied from the region.

There was a considerable amount of underutilised space within the building with the opportunity to install a mezzanine floor running along the two long walls to house new enterprise and innovation units. Also proposed was the clearing away of the current stalls from the main trading floor and replacing them with new, modern and visually attractive units.

The Market Hall provides a real alternative to supermarket shopping, promoting the principle of good food provenance for which the wider local economic benefits are well recognised.  The quality and local appeal in relation to provenance is a particular benefit bearing in mind the popularity of the Yorkshire brand with visitors to the area, further strengthening the case of the market as a visitor attraction.

A concerted effort saw the recruitment of 20 apprentices within the market, bringing more young people into the market workforce, enhancing enterprise skills and creating a future demand for business space.

Esh Build, as part of Esh Group, has a strong focus on ‘Adding Value’ to commercial operations above and beyond contract requirements. Esh Added Value is the specialised department within Esh which manages and delivers the Employment and Skills requirements across our sites. These activities included organising site visits, taking work experience placements, local employment, apprenticeships and delivering workshops in local schools.

• We provided 8 work experience placements in both trade and office roles.  The placements were for 5 days and managed by Esh’s added value team.  One of the placements, Lewis Stephenson stayed on site for paid laboring work and was encouraged to apply for an apprenticeship vacancy
• We delivered our ‘Get into STEM’ kit, with the aim of positively shaping career aspirations from an early age, to the Friarage Primary school for a 2-week period in October 2015.
• Esh delivered Building My Skills content to over 120 students at Caedmon College. The programme is designed to open the eyes of young people to the world of work and the range of different careers. It also helps support them with the processes which they will need to follow to progress into employment; such as developing a CV.
• Scarborough Jobmatch was awarded £1k of funding by Esh Communities and this was used to make positive changes to job prospects.  7 people were put through H&S training courses and CSCS card qualification, given help to create a CV and upon completion of the course, given first refusal on new job opportunities.

David Heap was one individual who came to Scarborough Market on 15th August for a one-week work experience placement provided through Job Centre Plus. Whilst on his placement, David exceeded expectations showing commitment and promise to his work.  David was offered another week of work experience and then full time paid labour work until December.

This is a fantastic step forward for the Scarborough Market Hall redevelopment and it is wonderful to see contractors on site and beginning the process of creating a much-improved market for Scarborough.

- Councillor Bill Chatt, SBC Portfolio Holder for Public Health and Housing

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