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Make it Marple helping local craftspeople

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Make it Marple Vikki Cutts Karen Garner Ben Brindley

Three craftspeople have been speaking about how taking part in the regular Make It Marple event is doing wonders for their businesses.

All agree the Make It Marple market has been a tremendous success and is attracting people from out of the area into Marple.

Vikki Cutts, who has an upcycling business called I Used to Be has been involved since the beginning. She said: "There is a real buzz about the market and it is growing all the time. It has enabled me to grow my business and receive a lot of commissions and great feedback.''

Marple chocolate maker Karen Garner, who runs The Magnificent Chocolate Company, agrees that Make It Marple is a real success story.

"It is one of the best markets I take part in. It's been very good for my business with a lot of repeat customers. Now that it has live music and hot food available, it's a real social event as well.''

Ben Brindley, who runs his business Brindley Garden Products in the nearby High Peak, says he really enjoys the unique atmosphere of the market and has picked up a lot of business in Marple. 

He said: "I do very well at the market, receiving lots of orders and commissions. I've been with Make It Marple since the beginning and it has become a real success story.''

There are just two more Make It Marple markets before Christmas.

As well as the regular market at The Railway, Rose Hill, on  December 15, Make it Marple will be joining Shop Local on Saturday December 1 from 11am-4pm in Marple Precinct to showcase 25 local independent creative businesses on Small Business Saturday.

This is a chance to shop for unique items that will make original Christmas presents.

After just seven successful markets, Make it Marple has doubled in size. New makers are introduced every month to keep the market fresh and an exciting place to find unique gifts and talented artists.

As Make it Marple is an outdoor market, it will be taking a break in the winter and is due to return in the spring.