New hi-tech bid to grow business for market traders across South Kesteven

Leon Mitchell-Smith.

Leon Mitchell-Smith.

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A Grantham man has devised a new app that he hopes will help grow business for market traders across South Kesteven.

Leon Mitchell-Smith has created Street Markets, an application for smart phones and tablets that will link market traders to their customers.

The problem is that market traders are working at a disadvantage as lots of today’s commerce is online.

Leon Mitchell-Smith

He says it will enhance the connection between buyers and sellers, which will in turn grow sales and will also be a channel for promotion and advertising.

He has developed the app with support from South Kesteven District Council’s business support programme.

Mr Mitchell-Smith has already designed apps for the NHS, Bet 365, The Nottingham Building Society and Vodafone.

He said: “The market should be the central hub of many market towns, encouraging local entrepreneurs, traders and cultures to come together. 

“The problem is that market traders are working at a disadvantage as lots of today’s commerce is online. 

“Street Market wants to redress the balance so that market traders can complement, compete with and even surpass this current trend.

“Potential shoppers can view and search the items at anytime during the week enabling them to store their desired items and make time to visit on market day, driving footfall into the market and improving a town’s prosperity.

“We plan to develop new uses with Street Market, such as identifying purchase trends in other towns and cities and even allowing market traders to buy those items wholesale so they can be totally up to the minute with what people want to buy.”

Through the app, customers will be able to view inventories of any market within a 25-mile radius with live updates of traders’ stock.

Traders will be able to take pictures of their inventory to upload and advertise with customers are informed as to the price, location and quantity of any item as well as the timings of the market it is sold at and are able to view the ‘liked’ items of any friends that use the application.

Integrated QR scanning means that customers can reserve an item for a selected period of time, present the code to the trader who can confirm the transaction by scanning the QR code with their smart device.

The Google Android version of the Street Market App can be accessed via http://bit.ly/streetmarketlaunch

The Apple iOS App is coming soon.