More Branded Pop Up Gazebo and Printed Market Stall ideas, plus bespoke Shopping Centre Trade Stands

Print Design Studio Manchester
Our busy graphic design studio based in central Manchester

Our design team are kept constantly busy with Branded Pop Up Gazebo and Branded Market Stall projects as well as print design work for other types of Bespoke Trade Stands that are manufactured alongside our Market Stalls at our factory in Derbyshire. In this article we’ll be looking more closely at some of these projects which include Printed Market Stalls for Street Food Vendors at Brick Lane Up Market as well as a number of other recently completed Branded Pop Up Gazebo and Market Stall jobs, plus an interesting Bespoke Shopping Centre Trade Stand project we’ve been working on for The Amazing Chocolate Workshop Co.

Branded Market Stalls

All areas of our market stall canopies, side walls and counter skirts can be printed with your own text or graphics; whether it’s a basic logo or an all encompassing full colour digital print, we have solutions to cater for all budgets.

Printed Street Food Market Stall
CUPBAB Branded Market Stall featuring roof canopy with detachable front banner, printed rear banner and counter skirt, all designed to fit the operator-supplied market stall frames at Sunday’s Up Market on Brick Lane.

One solution completed recently for CUPBAB, a Street Food Vendor at Brick Lane Up Market (pictured above) involved producing a roof canopy with detachable front banner, printed rear banner and printed front counter skirt to fit the market stalls supplied by Brick Lane Up Market operator Truman Brewery. We supplied the original stall frameworks to Truman Brewery so had exact dimensions to hand and the customer came to us with a clear idea of what they required which helped ensure the job ran smoothly. This level of branding costs in the region of £330 + VAT as of November 2015. If you’re a street food vendor at Brick Lane Up Market and are interested in a Branded Market Stall like this then get in touch; our design team can assist with all aspects of the print design process and a digital print template can be provided by email if you’d like to compile your own design.

Toot Sweets Printed Market Stall
Toot Sweets Printed Wirksworth Elite Market Stall with striped roof canopy and back wall and digitally printed counter skirt. Read more about our Wirksworth Elite Market Stalls which are available with or without custom printing.

Our customers range from small independent traders — see images above of a recent printed market stall we completed for Toot Sweets of Grimsby — through to national brands like Bella Italia restaurants (pictured below) to whom we regularly supply Branded Market Stalls for promotional use. In the case of Toot Sweets (and Owow Chocolate Crackling, also pictured below) we were tasked with producing much of the print design work ourselves having been briefed by the customer and provided with a logo. In other cases, such as Bella Italia and Flintstone Jewellery (pictured further down this page) the customer may have clear design ideas in mind for their Printed Market Stall or Gazebo and will prepare the design themselves using our supplied print templates. We then step in to make the final preparations prior to beginning the print process. However you choose to work with us we do not charge extra for artwork design; it’s all part of the service.

Printed Market Stall Owow Chocolates
Printed Wirksworth Elite Market Stall for Owow Chocolate Crackling, featuring digitally printed counter skirt and back wall and chocolate brown roof canopy.
Bella Italia Restaurants Branded Market Stall
Tansley Elite Branded Market Stall with Bella Italia printed roof canopy and counter skirt. Read more about our Tansley Elite Market Stalls which are available with or without custom printing.

Branded Pop Up Gazebos

Pictured below is a recently completed branded pop up gazebo for Flintstone Jewellery. The gazebo is one of our S40 3m x 3m models and features full digital print on the roof and sidewalls. All our gazebos are supplied with framework, roof canopy, sidewalls (optional), wheeled carry bag and tie down kit (ropes and pegs). This gazebo was also supplied with steel jigsaw gazebo leg weights which are a popular accessory for weighing down pop up gazebos on hard standing ground where ropes and pegs cannot be used. Read more about our pop up gazebos. Want one like this? Get in touch today for full details.

Printed and Branded Pop Up Gazebo
Full digital print on the roof and side walls of our S40 3m x 3m Pop Up Gazebo.

Bespoke Shopping Centre Trade Stands with Branding

Amazing Chocolate Workshop Branded Shopping Centre Trade Stand
Amazing Chocolate Workshop Branded Shopping Centre Trade Stand

Aside from Branded Pop Up Gazebos and Market Stalls we also tackle many bespoke trade stand projects such as the one shown above for the Chocolate Workshop who are setting up trade stands in Shopping Centres all over the UK in the run up to Christmas to cash in on the gift buying season. This kind of bespoke trade stand work typically requires a design consultation and the production of several prototypes to perfect the design prior to commencing full production. Our engineers and fabricators in Derbyshire work in partnership with the customer and our visualising and graphic design team based in Manchester to ensure that the finished structure and its associated branding meet with expectations; this is particularly relevant in the case of shopping centres where a great deal of emphasis is placed upon the aesthetics of trade stands.

Like what you see? Why not get in touch today for full details.

Custom Printed Market Stalls, Branded Gazebos, Embroidered Money Belts. Here’s what we’ve been up to recently.

It’s been a busy few months for Gavin Kenning Engineering with lots of custom printed market stall and branded pop up gazebo jobs on the go. We’ve also introduced a new custom embroidery service for our Bunse Money Belts and perhaps most exciting of all, are in the progress of updating our range of British Made Elite Market Stalls which we’ll be unveiling in the coming weeks. So without further ado, here’s a recap of some of the jobs we’ve been working on recently.

Street Food Market Stall
Kicking things off on the Street Food theme, here is one of a number of Street Food Market Stalls based on our Tansley Elite frame which we’ve produced for Birmingham based Theo’s Food Company, shown here with custom printed roof canopy and counter skirt.
Here’s another Tansley Elite Branded Market Stall produced for Derbyshire based Bohns Rubs. Taking inspiration from their packaging design, we produced a custom printed counter skirt wrap with a plain black roof canopy.

Incidentally, if you want to see how quick and easy it is to assemble one of our Tansley Elite Market Stalls then check out the above video.

branded pop up gazebo
London based Harissa and Lemon approached us looking for a fully branded pop up gazebo featuring their eye catching rustic logo. The gazebo is shown here with printed front counter skirt, roof canopy and double sided print on the back wall to maximise brand visibility.
S40 branded pop up gazebo
Street Food Company House of DODO asked us to produce printed half side walls and a sky banner with their logo, all set against a rusty steel backdrop, for their S40 Pop Up Gazebo.
Branded Pop Up Gazebo
It’s always a pleasure working with our long time customer Drum and Kernel Popcorn and their beautifully crafted eye catching logo, seen here on one of our heavy duty S50 Pop Up Gazebos.
Arsenal Football Club Printed Market Stall
As part of a new community initiative, Arsenal Football Club asked us to produce a custom printed Wirksworth Elite market stall for them. The print design and colour takes inspiration from the Arsenal Football Club logo and the hexagonal honeycomb shapes found in football goal nets.
Fun Fair Side Stall Market Stall
Here’s a version of one of our Goosefair Elite funfair style Side Stalls which are a popular choice for events organisers. Think hook-a-duck, tin can alley and coconut shys. These structures are the epitome of the traditional fair ground environment.
Candy Floss Market Stall
Keeping on the fun fair striped theme, he’s a custom printed pink stripe candy floss market stall we produced for one of our customers recently. The striped back wall and counter skirt were offset with a grey roof and upper grey side walls (not shown).
Wirksworth Elite Branded Market Stall
Working with regular customer Kilted Fudge’s own logo, we produced an incredibly eye catching tartan wrap that proved exceptionally popular with their customers. So much so that they came back for a second Branded Market Stall and printed table cover (see below).
Printed Table Covers
We also print customised table covers, typically for folding trestle tables, like these produced for Aviemore based Kilted Fudge Company and London based Pished Fish.
Embroidered Custom Bunse Money Belts
Lastly, to compliment our comprehensive range of branded market stalls and pop up gazebos, here are some examples of our embroidered Bunse Market Trader Money Belts which were recently produced for Open For Art Festival and the Natural History Museum.

Like what you see? Want to know more? Get in touch with us today to discuss your requirements by calling 01773 607505. Also check out our online store, for further details.

From Market Stall to £150m; Poundworld sells to US private equity firm TPG

High street discount retailer Poundworld which began life as a Wakefield based Market Stall has today revealed that it has been sold to US based private equity firm TPG for 150 million pounds.

Poundworld founder Chris Edwards is sitting pretty after TPG’s 150 million pound buy out of his company

A now prominent name on many of our high streets, Poundworld began life as a Market Stall set up in Wakefield in 1974 by Market Trader Christopher Edwards. Today, the company has over 280 outlets around the UK along with a further 50 stores operating under the Bargain Buys name. Poundworld is unique amongst its competition in also offering online shopping via its website,

The sale to TPG is a strategic move that will enable Poundworld to open more stores and improve their distribution network in order to remain competitive in what has become a highly lucrative retail sector in recent years. The Poundworld sale follows hot on the heels of it’s arch rival Poundland’s recent 55 million pound acquisition of 99p Stores in February 2015. As the UK continues to tighten its purse strings discount stores such as Poundland and Poundworld along with cut price supermarkets such as Lidl and Asda are rapidly gaining market share in the UK and it was only in February that we reported that one of our old Market Trader customers Dan Cluderay has enjoyed significant success with his short dated discount food line business which he has grown to generate a healthy turnover of £4 million.

Poundworld's 215,000sq ft warehouse in Normanton, West Yorkshire
Poundworld’s 215,000sq ft warehouse in Normanton, West Yorkshire

The rivalry between Poundland and Poundworld was the subject of BBC 1 documentary Pound Shop Wars which broadcast in February 2014, the first episode of which can be viewed on YouTube.
Poundland’s acquisition of 99p Stores in February attracted attention from the Competition and Markets Authority which raised concerns that the merger could result in less choice for consumers. Whilst it’s unlikely that today’s announcement from Poundworld will raise similar questions it’s perhaps now only a matter of time before Poundworld moves to buy up other burgeoning pound line businesses before its competition does in order to protect its own market share.

Meanwhile, Mr. Edwards, 64, and his family stand to make millions from the sale but, along with other senior Poundworld executives, will retain a minority stake in the retailer; “I began this business as a market trader and we now have millions of customers from all corners of the nation and all walks of life. Still, there is so much more for us to achieve” he said, adding that he still had “very ambitious goals”.

Remarking on the sale, TPG partner Abel Halpern said that “Poundworld has succeeded in building one of the leading positions in the market with a focus on consumer preference, convenience and value. The business is now well positioned for continued growth.”

Drum & Kernel; Popping at a market near you soon.

Branded Gazebo Market Stall
Drum & Kernel’s Branded Pop Up Gazebo at Broadway Market

There’s a real theatre to making popcorn. Or at least, there is the way Drum & Kernel make it.
Stood beneath his eye-catching red market stall canopy behind a clear safety sheet, Drum & Kernel co-founder Matt Mead — who’s wearing full overalls, welding gloves and a tree fellers face guard — stirs the popcorn kernels as they pop, bang and whistle furiously in the large drum cooker from which his company takes its name. “We’re popcorn purists, and I hope the name reflects that.” says Matt. This rather unique and noisy spectacle coupled with Matt’s shall-we-say somewhat eccentric attire is drawing in a large and curious camera-weilding crowd to their Market Stall at Broadway Market in East London.

“…it’s vital!” says Matt of his safety gear. “The very best kettle corn is hand popped, but that does mean an awful lot of sugar and oil splashing about at around 200 degrees. And despite all the gear, sometimes a rogue kernel will still pop down your neck or, worse, into the welding gloves. We have some excellent popcorn scars we can bring out at dinner parties…”
Drum and Kernel PopcornSomewhat bizarrely, Matt’s description of the dangers of popcorn production are not dissimilar to those encountered within our own business during the manufacture of the market stall and pop up gazebo frameworks that Matt and many street food vendors like him trade from within; rather than popcorn kemels however we’re instead dealing with red hot welding sparks which, on rare occasions and despite our best efforts, can end up in places they shouldn’t and, like Matt, many of our manufacturing team, myself included, have a few battle scars that we’ve accumulated over the last 40 years of market stall production.

“If I’m at the kettle, I probably won’t notice until I tip the batch, and then if I’m lucky, I get a round of applause!”


It’s early March and it feels like Spring is just around the corner; there isn’t a cloud in the sky and Broadway Market which lies beside Hackney’s London Fields and by virtue currently one of the most in-vogue markets in East London, is absolutely thronging. Jamie, Matt’s assistant for the day, stands in relative safety in front of their Drum & Kernel emblazoned pop up gazebo handing out free tasters to the rapidly growing crowd. The theatrical element of the popcorn making process was never intentional explains Matt, “…we weren’t really expecting that when we started the business … it’s often the case that one or two people watching the process can quickly turn into a crowd. If I’m at the kettle, I probably won’t notice until I tip the batch, and then if I’m lucky, I get a round of applause!”

Printed Gazebo Logo Drum and Kernel
Drum & Kernel’s Iconic logo has also been used on their Printed Gazebo and Market Stall shelters to further strengthen their brand

“Markets at their best are vibrant, social spaces, and the more we can do to engage people the better” continues Matt. It’s a sentiment shared not only by ourselves but also by high street retail guru Mary Portas who, in her government commissioned report on the future of Britain’s high streets, cites Markets and their role in enriching local communities and inspiring grass roots enterprise as being vital to the future of our town centres. “It feels great to be part of such a healthy and vibrant street food scene in London at the moment. You look around a market like Broadway and the cross-section of businesses is incredible. So much energy and talent – and the great thing about markets is they are accessible, so you can take ideas and try them out with your customers right there without the huge overheads involved in a shop or premises”.

Broadway Market with its array of music, fashion, art and pet accessory market stalls positions itself as something a little more diverse and, dare I say, more interesting than just another street food market. It is however only one of a number of Markets in the London area which Drum & Kernel regularly attend with their roots lying on the south side of the river in East Dulwich and Herne Hill where they originally learnt to ply their trade “…in our expansion over the past year we have taken the radical step of crossing the river up to Broadway and Alexandra Palace markets. It’s been great to get to know those areas – it’s a cliche, but London is a city of villages and every market has its own character. We also trade at London festivals and events like pop-up cinemas. So far, keeping things within the M25 has been more than enough to keep us really busy, but who knows in the future. We certainly wouldn’t rule out taking our kettles further afield.”

“You look around a market like Broadway and the cross-section of businesses is incredible. So much energy and talent – and the great thing about markets is they are accessible, so you can take ideas and try them out with your customers right there without the huge overheads involved in a shop or premises”

Matt speaks like a seasoned professional but it may come as a surprise to some to discover that Drum & Kernel which he runs with business partner Claire — neither of whom have a background in market trading — is only in its second year of trading. “It’s been a bit of a whirlwind!” he exclaims, “…we doubled in size this time last year and are currently focusing on really consolidating that expansion, training staff, and maintaining equipment. It feels nice just to be taking a breath and enjoying getting to know our new markets”.

Printed Market Stall Branded Drum and Kernel
One of Drum & Kernel’s printed Market Stalls photographed during a test fitting of the canopies at our Factory in Derbyshire.

On the subject of expansion, a topic with which we can associate as our own Market Stall and Pop Up Gazebo manufacturing business continues to grow, Matt explains some of the issues faced by their burgeoning business; “we’ve started to work much more with employees, and that means sometimes learning how to let go and let them take on more responsibility – not necessarily an easy thing when it’s your business, but so important. And like every small business we have to keep a close eye on cashflow and costs, and during the expansion process that hawkish eye-for-detail was particularly important.”

The hawkish eye for detail which Matt speaks of can also be found in their product, the raw ingredients of which must be sourced from the USA to ensure quality. It’s also evident in their iconic company branding which was developed in partnership with South London design studio Mentsen and features heavily on the printed gazebo and market stall structures which we’ve supplied to Drum & Kernel over the last year. Their logo is a timeless piece of design which encapsulates perfectly the fun and theatre of the product that they produce.

The devil, they say, is in the detail. And in all respects it seems Drum & Kernel have nailed it. Visit to see an up to date list of markets which Drum & Kernel are currently attending.

Rejected by Dragons Den, our Market Trader customer now makes millions

Ten years ago one of our Market Trader customers Dan Cluderay was selling discounted food lines via his market stall in Hull. In 2008 he created an online store for his business, Approved Foods Ltd. After rapid expansion and despite rejection from Dragon’s Den in 2014, he’s now a multi millionaire.

Approved Food Market Trader
Dan Cluderay (right) with his partner Andy Needham at their Sheffield warehouse

“Dan, along with wife Nicky and her mum and dad, was one of our regular customers on Craven Park and Cross Green Markets in Hull and Leeds” says Gavin Kenning, managing director of and parent company Gavin Kenning Engineering Ltd who supply market stalls and market equipment to market trader customers at markets throughout the UK.

“He was selling short dated food lines on his market stall — the kind of thing that supermarkets won’t stock because they’re beyond their ‘best before’ date” Gavin continues. What many people don’t realise is that this ‘best before’ date is simply an indication of when food is at its optimum quality. Food that has passed this date is still perfectly good to eat. By contrast, the ‘use by’ date is the important date by which food should be consumed.

Back in 2008, upon taking delivery of some nettle tea which Dan felt his usual market stall customers wouldn’t buy, he turned his sights to the internet in an effort to find customers for the product. This is when he had the idea for his online store and, with knowledge acquired through a previous career in IT, he built “Things took off pretty quickly and he became a less regular face on the market as his time was taken up fulfilling orders from his website” Gavin explains. Nevertheless, Dan remained a customer as his business grew; “We went from supplying Dan with market stall parts, bags and packaging supplies to racking for his new warehouse and then picking trolleys for his warehouse staff” smiles Gavin.

Dan’s business continued to grow rapidly and in 2014 he was featured on hit BBC2 show Dragon’s Den as he sought £150,000 of investment in exchange for 10 percent of his business. Unfortunately he failed to capture the imagination of the Dragons and his offer was unanimously rejected. Despite this Dan and his business partner Andy Needham managed to secure £400,000 in capital through private loans and investment which they have used to grow their company to a turnover of £4 million.

Dan is a prime example of the resourcefulness and ingenuity of market traders and joins a club of famous names, Sir Alan Sugar and Jack Cohen (founder of Tesco) included, whose market trader beginnings ultimately lead to them becoming very successful businessmen. Dan’s story also helps to re-enforce recommendations made by Mary Portas in her role as advisor to the Conservative government on the future of Britain’s high streets in which she highlighted the importance of market traders and markets and the key role they play in helping to revitalise town centres whilst acting as a breeding ground for future generations of businesspeople.

Dan and his company featured in the first episode of ITV series Bargain Fever Britain which was screened on ITV1 at 8pm on Tuesday 4rd March, 2015. Click here to watch the programme on ITV player.

Twickenham Farmers Market Review

Twickenham Farmers Market
Twickenham Farmers Market Entrace

On a crisp and sunny January morning we made our way to Holly Road Car Park at the back of Marks & Spencers Food Court in the heart of Twickenham’s bustling town centre where lies its weekly farmers’ market and one of the longest establish markets of its kind in London. Being situated behind the high street makes this perhaps not most visible or obvious of locations for a market and, despite decent signage, it could be argued that it suffers a little from low footfall as pedestrians need to make quite a diversion in order to access it. Even with local knowledge on our side we ended up cutting through M&S and out of the back exit before we eventually stumbled across it.

The journey is well rewarded however with a small but lively market consisting of pop up gazebos, tressle tables and more traditional style steel framed market stalls, all serving up a range of local produce including cheeses, breads and pies with lots of free samples on offer to convince discerning shoppers to part with their cash. The market seemed to be lacking fresh fish on the day of our visit although we were told that Gary’s Fresh Fish stall is usually present. That said, the market’s close proximity to the excellent independent Sandy’s Fishmongers on King Street — reputedly the cause of many a queue down Twickenham’s high street during the run up to christmas as locals line up for their seasonal seafood platters — would likely be very stiff competition for any competitor hoping to cash in on weekend trade.

Twickenham Farmers Market
Twickenham Farmers Market

The highlight of our trip was, without doubt, the Cakehole market stall run by Lara Morley. The range of tantalising cupcakes on offer left our mouths watering and their fine baked goods are the likely cause of many a curtailed diet! Check out Cakehole’s website for more details. Another notable highlight was the Pieminister market stall. Pieminister are an award winning pie bakery based in Bristol although you may well be familiar with the name as they continue to expand their chain of highstreet pie restaurants throughout the UK (and now Europe, owing to their recent restaurant opening in Amsterdam). They sell an impressive range of pies made from 100% British free range meat and other ingredients supplied by some of Britain’s finest artisan producers. We were impressed to see that a growing brand like Pieminister continues to recognise the value of local markets.

If you’re a punter passing through Twickenham then this Farmers’ Market is highly recommended. Combine your visit with a trip to some of Twickenham’s great independent shops such as Sandy’s Fishmongers on King Street and Corto Italian Deli on Church Street (to name but a very few) and take in the sights of York Gardens on the banks of the Thames, right opposite Eel Pie Island which is home to Eel Pie Recording Studios where some of Britain’s most influential bands have recorded.

York Gardens Twickenham
York Gardens Twickenham

For more information about Twickenham Farmers Market you can visit the Twickenham Farmer’s Market Website and check out their Facebook page for regular updates.

For traders interested in attending this market please note that tressle tabels, pop up gazebos, instant shelters and market stalls are not provided by the organisers so must be obtained by the market trader.
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