The road ahead for QVM, certainly for the Upper Market, has many hurdles, but events this week give reason for optimism.
The approval of 12 additional containers in String Bean Alley doesn’t have the agreement of all traders, but it as an indication that at last this market can make a change, show some enterprise, and experiment like every major retail entity on this planet is already doing. A move forward from the stagnation of anti-renewal will delight many.
Also on the agenda this week was the first meeting of the QVM Committee of Trustees. It took place without much fanfare and that was appropriate because this was essentially a preparation meeting - introducing members, establishing some ground rules, and agreeing on an agenda for the next 12 months. First cab off the rank will be a vision for QVM. We have done this before but the professionalism, enthusiasm, and freshness that people like Sally Capp bring to the table is cause for positive expectations.
As one trader said, “I don’t remember the last time Traders, Management, CoM, and business experienced Community Representatives sat around the same table. This should have happened a long time ago.”
Maybe the rainbow in our photo of the market early on Saturday morning is prophetic. A pot of gold would be nice but traders in the top end will settle for a simple up-tick in business and a more positive way forward.