Traders flee the nest

Aylesbury Market has built a reputation for being a place where market traders can start off their business with minimal financial outlay, giving them time to understand what works in the local area.

In the past few weeks, four Aylesbury market traders have decided to expand their businesses and put down roots in bricks and mortar in the town. These four join three others who have made the transition in the past 8 months.

Gareth Williams, Buckinghamshire Council’s Cabinet Member for Planning and Regeneration, said: ‘ As the operator of Aylesbury Market, it’s great to see a number of our market traders now stepping up to run their businesses in fixed retail units.

‘The market is a great way for new businesses to get started, and it’s also a business ‘incubator’, helping to nurture local businesses. It’s worth noting that high street names such as Morrisons and Marks & Spencer started out as market traders.’

S&S Kitchens have taken over the unit in Kingsbury that was previously occupied by Pizza Express. They have transformed it into a colourful Caribbean restaurant, now open and ready for business.

Owners Steve and Stevie said: ‘We’re glad to be moving from street food trading, where you endure all sorts of weather conditions, into a warm restaurant.

‘However, we don’t expect the workload to get any easier but we’re excited to be developing our business to the next level. Our street food will still be available for events.’

Eco Bonobo, a plastic free, zero waste, vegan-friendly business, has recently moved into Duck Farm Court.

Owner Natasha May said: ‘I started Eco Bonobo in Aylesbury in 2019 by trading on Aylesbury Market after seeing a requirement for plastic-free shopping in the community.

‘After expanding my market range into local towns, my brand started to grow in popularity. I quickly realised there was a need for me to have a permanent base. Aylesbury is my home town and I want to help the community make positive changes to the environment.’

Bokkie Foods has also moved into Duck Farm Court with a deli where customers can enjoy a range of food.

Owner Claire Alderton has set up the unit as an additional offer to the South African street food and event catering in and around Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire that she already runs.

She said: ‘This has come about because of the pandemic. I was doing everything single-handed and not really able to grow the business, so I knew that something had to change.

‘That was when I decided to invest in a property where I could employ staff to continue the growth of the business. I would like to thank all my ongoing customers for their support to get us to this stage.’

Secret Asia still has a stall on Aylesbury Market but has also opened in the retail unit on Cambridge Place, previously occupied by the Peking Inn restaurant.

Secret Asia bring inspiration from Japan, Korea and South East Asia. They are committed to continually bring the latest authentic Asian groceries to the area and offer great value.

To find out more about becoming a market trader, contact market manager Paul Kirkham on 07738 314 088 or email him at

Businesses will have the opportunity to trial or expand their business idea in a safe and welcoming environment.

Find out more about Aylesbury Market on the Visit Aylesbury website.