The initial idea to build an online platform for the market industry was conceived in 2012 when we kept getting asked “Who is the Toby and how can I get a stall?” It seemed that the only way traders could identify a market that required their commodity was by word of mouth, cold calling on telephone or visiting the market itself. This led us to start visiting markets around the UK and speaking to market managers to see if they were in the same position. It was a surprise to see that this was the industry norm.
In December 2013 we incorporated our company Market Mouse Ltd at Companies House and set about looking for top quality developers and marketing companies to bring the idea into the real world. We put together a comprehensive business plan and applied for a UK Start up Loan from the Merseyside Special Investment Fund.
Since then we have commissioned Zanto Digital to build a fully functioning website, optimised for mobile and tablet, together with a robust communications plan developed by Bread Media Ltd.
The Market Mouse platform enables market operators to hire out stalls to traders on a commodity needs basis. This is achieved by operators uploading vacant stalls on The Toby® booking system and traders can hire the stall online within minutes.
Market Mouse hosts an online shop where traders and operators can purchase a range of market related items including: pop-up gazebos, carrier bags and bin bags. We will also be highlighting wholesale and end of line opportunities for traders.
The website will also be featuring a growing database of markets around the UK. A search facility will enable visitors and members of the public to find their nearest market wherever they are.
We provide a quality entertainment and event booking service for any special occasions a market may require.
The Market Mouse website will also feature market industry supply businesses that can service traders and operators needs including: Accountants, Tarpaulin Repairs, Electricians, Plumbers, Shop-fitters and much more
Market Mouse will increase the opportunities to trade, increase employment, profitability and growth for the UK’s traders and market operators.
For more information on how Market Mouse can work with your market please call Larry Murphy on 0151 364 8022 (07758939726) or email firstname.lastname@example.org