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Mill Hall Café Soft Market Testing

Soft Market Testing seeking potential operators for a café at Mill Hall Arts and Events Centre

Rochford District Council has announced the commencement of a soft market testing exercise to explore the reopening and future operation of the café within the Mill Arts and Events Centre in Rayleigh, presenting a unique opportunity to collaborate with potential operators, sparking conversations for its revitalisation.

The Council is inviting participants to share their insights and ideas concerning the reopening and operation of the café. This initial phase aims to foster a dialogue and obtain valuable feedback from interested parties, to gather a direction for its future.

The Council is keen to engage with the market to explore options for optimal space utilisation and the necessary investment and gauging your interest in potentially tendering for this opportunity in the future.

This soft market testing exercise is purely exploratory and does not involve a formal evaluation or scoring process.

The soft market testing exercise officially commenced on 18 October 2023. However, the Council acknowledges that some errors were identified which have been addressed. We sincerely apologise for any inconvenience this may have caused.

Any parties wanting to express an interest can do so using the Contracts Finder tool. This will provide details on how to access the Soft Market Testing documentation. Should there be any issues accessing the documentation please contact

To arrange a site visit or to discuss the future operation of the Café further, please email or phone 01702 963328.