Ryan Davis is a fourth-generation greengrocer in his family’s business, KD Davis & Sons.
They have stalls in markets in Doncaster and Rotherham, South Yorkshire, and Scunthorpe, Lincolnshire.
Ryan was brought up in the business started by his great-grandfather in 1938. He started working full-time for the business after leaving school. He is an expert in his craft – skilled in buying, retailing and wholesaling.
KD Davis & Sons trade in markets because they are at the heart of many towns and city centres in the UK. Selling fruit and vegetables, which are staple grocery for everyone, markets are the ideal outlet for the business.
But the business is changing with the times. KD Davis & Sons are deviating into different products and have launched a growing online home-delivery service for South Yorkshire and the wider region.
Ryan is positive about the markets sector in the UK and is a real champion for the diversity on offer. Especially for start-up traders, there's a market out there for everyone!
"If you're starting up in markets; test them, look around your local markets but first but you need to test them. There's different markets for different products.
"There's superb artisan markets jumping up everywhere at the minute, which is fantastic. For niche products, it just works. Traditional retail markets are great for everyday purchases."
Ryan met his future wife in the market – she runs a confectionery business, Laura's Confectionery, trading on artisan markets across the country. For Ryan, it truly is a family affair!
KD Davis & Sons won the Best Greengrocer category in 2016’s Farm Shop & Deli Awards. As well as Scunthorpe Market, the business has stalls in markets in Doncaster and Rotherham, South Yorkshire.
Connect with KD Davis & Sons using the links below:
Website - https://freshfruitatwork.co.uk/
Facebook - www.facebook.com/KDDTheGreengrocers
Twitter - www.twitter.com/kdfruitatwork
If you're interested in starting a business in Scunthorpe Market, click here: www.northlincs.gov.uk
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