New craft market to help Great Yarmouth entrepreneurs

Emma Woollard, Emma Smith, Gina Smith are planning to open a craft market, bar and creche in Frisby'

Emma Woollard, Emma Smith, Gina Smith are planning to open a craft market, bar and creche in Frisby's School of English on King Street, Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Archant

A group of Great Yarmouth women are opening a craft market aiming to help start-up companies and entrepreneurs from low income families.

Craft Creations will open on the ground floor of Frisby’s College on King Street on Monday.

The Mayor of Yarmouth, Cllr Marlene Fairhead, will cut a ribbon outside the language school, which is on the corner of Yarmouth Way opposite St George’s Theatre, at 10am, officially opening the new business venture being lead by 38-year-old Gina Smith.

Gina, of Deneside, Yarmouth, said it will be nonprofit market to help start-up businesses get a foot on the ladder.

She said: “I want to help people on low incomes who might not be able to rent by themselves or afford a pitch on the market stall.

“I’m organising it but we’re running it together.

“We’ll have all kinds of stalls in there. It’s going to be good for the stall holders because they can keep their stock there and people will be able to see it as they go past.”

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Gina is no stranger to entrepreneurial spirit - she is involved with a number of businesses in Yarmouth and her husband runs the Delicious Snacks sandwich shop on King Street.

As well as a market, she is hoping to open a crèche inside the language school and, eventually, a licensed bar in the building’s basement.

The crèche for children aged one to 11, which will be known as Baby Bunting day care, will be run by Gina’s friend Lisa Smith, a former Red Coat.

Lisa, 35, a mum of three who lives on the Barracks estate, moved to Yarmouth a year ago and said Baby Bunting is giving her a chance to get back into work after 12 months of struggling to find a placement elsewhere.

“The crèche is going to be affordable too,” said Gina.

“It’ll be £30 for a week and we’ll take kids from 9am to 5pm.”

For more information on the craft market, or the planned children’s crèche, visit Craft Creations from Monday.