Bath small traders helped by supermarket giant Sainsbury'
A new community market in Odd Down is proving supermarkets can help local businesses.
Sainsbury's at Odd Down has held its second Local Traders' Market in its foyer space.
The monthly market was launched in August and its aim is to help boost trade for neighbouring businesses.
Dale Corbitt, store trainer at Odd Down, said the company wanted to support the community.
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He said: "You can never stop the impact of a supermarket but if we can work with people rather than against them it can be really good for the community."
The Odd Down store opened 18 months ago and there were concerns at the time that existing shops and businesses would suffer.
The supermarket has teamed up with the Small Business Focus Group, led by Angela Ladd, on the scheme.
She said: "The first step of setting up a small business is making sure people know about them and what they are about and this is a way of doing that."
Linda Rogers from The Cupcakery, which opened its first shop on Wellsway four months ago, said she was happy with Sainsbury's support.
She said: "We are a new business so we need to be going out there as much as we can and this works well."
Janette Massey, who runs jewellery making business Dolce Design from her home in Bath, said the market was helping trade. She said: "I've had some very positive response. I think people like to see something a little bit different here."
The Sainsbury's Odd Down store is also supporting the mental health charity Bath Mind by starting a second-hand book sale in its cafe.
Visitors to the cafe can read a book for 50p and then either take it home with them or put it back on the shelf.
In two weeks the second-hand book sale has raised £110 already for the charity.
Donations of second- hand books can be left at the store.
The next Local Traders' Market will be held on Sunday, September 30.