Pay by card at the DesignMarket

 Next weekend I will be returning to the Fruitmarket for a bit of a overture to the West End Fair next month.

I was last at the Fruitmarket for two of their pop-up markets before Christmas 2012, where the bookshop and cafe were the back drop to half a dozen stalls.

Iain, Manager of the Bookshop has been running the summer DesignMarket for a few years now but in the past the dates have always clashed with my summer holiday. I was thrilled that this year I received the invite a few days before heading on holiday and was able to send off my booking form straight away.

At the market next weekend over 30 artists and designers will take over two floors of the gallery, and with a launch evening with wine on the Friday it is sure to be a great weekend!

I am familiar with one or two of the names listed and but I will be as keen as the customers to see what new designers are emerging. It will be a struggle to keep the takings in the till!

As well as premiering some new pieces I will be bringing out a new gadget, SumUp. This clever bit of kit (combined with a trusty iPhone) will mean that you will now be able to pay with Credit or Debit card.
In the past year these have merged as an alternative to expensive and immobile machines supplied by banks and both MasterCard and Visa have approved them ensuring the security is up to scratch. It does mean that where a MasterCard can simply be plugged in and signed for on-screen, Visa customers will need a Smart Phone of their own to receive a text link to enter their payment details. Either way it sure beats walking to the cashpoint!
Take a look at this video from the SumUp website to see it in action.
I will of course fill you in on feedback I get on the day.
Hannah x