Pictured from left, are Louise Ryan from Oh! Naturelle, Alsion O'Rourke (Cork City Council), Pat O'Connell (chairman English Market Traders Association), Órla Lannin (manager of the English Market) and Aisling Murphy (Oh! Naturelle). (Picture: Darragh Kane)

Cork’s English Market officially launched The Start-Up Stall, a rare chance for small food businesses to test the market … literally, giving local food-based business start-ups the opportunity to trade in Ireland’s oldest and best food market.

A brand new stall, The Start-Up Stall, situated close to the Grande Parade entrance of the market, was recently designed and fitted out to the highest standard and will be available for short-term lets, up to six weeks.

The Start-Up Stall was officially opened on Tuesday by one of the most famous faces in The English Market, Pat O’Connell, who cut the ribbon as the first traders Oh! Naturelle took up their temporary residency and began trading.

The project is an initiative by The English Market and Cork City Council aimed at start-up businesses retailing products or produce that will compliment, rather than duplicate, that of The English Market’s current offering.

Speaking at the launch, Pat O’Connell, chairman of the English Market Traders Association said the Start-Up Stall aims to contribute to the markets continuing success by introducing a new generation of food businesses to its clientele, both local and international.