Brixton Village owners seek new retail manager


Brixton Village

The owners of Brixton Village and Market Row are advertising for a retail manager for the two sites following the departure of Alistair Maddox as director of project development.

Applicants will need experience of high-footfall destinations and a “passion” for commercial results.

The advertisement for the job says the two sites are “undergoing exciting and new development”.

Expecting “regular challenges”, the new retail manager will create “a platform for retailers to succeed through proactive liaison and effective understanding of the market strategy”.

They “will be the first point of contact for retailers in the market; working in partnership to support and develop, and improve their performance with the aim of maximising commercial results.”

They will be “comfortable holding challenging conversations, always reinforcing market policy” and be expected to take an active role in the local business community.

The salary on offer is between £30,000 and £32,000 a year.

The advertisement was placed by Munro K, one of several consultancies involved in the management of aspects of the covered markets.

Atlantic Road entrance to Market Row
Atlantic Road entrance to Market Row

Market general manager Jamie Giffard-Taylor told traders in Brixton Village and Market Row earlier this month that the Amsterdam-based owners, AG Hondo Market Row BV and AG Hondo Brixton Village BV, would start to charge value added tax (VAT) on rents.

This could lead to an immediate increase of 20% for traders who are not VAT-registered.

Businesses with a turnover of £85,000 a year or more must be registered for VAT and must charge customers 20% VAT on all sales, which the businesses, in turn, send to the government. Registration enables a business to reclaim any VAT that it has had to pay on its own business purchases.

Registration is optional for a business with a turnover below this limit. Non-registered businesses cannot reclaim VAT payments they make on purchases, including rents.

The owners are offering help and advice to traders who are not VAT registered.

They say that charging VAT will enable them to reclaim VAT payments on purchases connected with service charges and that these can be passed on to traders as a discount.