A Vision for UK Markets Launched at Britain’s Favourite Market!

NABMA, the leading organisation in the UK for market operators, has launched a new vision for markets called “Markets First”.

The launch at Shrewsbury Market Hall, which was crowned Britain’s Favourite Market earlier this year, is the start of a year long campaign which aims to secure a prosperous future for UK Markets.

Speaking at the launch, David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA, said:

“We are excited to be launching the Markets First campaign during which we will be engaging with our members, government, partners and the media to create a national dialogue about the future of markets.

“It is our aim that this campaign will bring to the forefront the future of markets and their importance to communities through a programme of discussion, challenges, training, upskilling, benchmarking, and best practice.”

Kate Gittins, Shrewsbury Market Hall Facilities Manager, said:

“We were thrilled to host the launch of this important campaign for all markets.

“As the winners of Britain’s Favourite Market 2023, we know how important a market is as a destination, community resource and centre for entrepreneurship. The Markets First campaign is an important initiative for all markets, giving us a national voice and focus for the future.”

The campaign, which is also being supported by NMTF (National Market Traders Federation), follows the findings of a national survey undertaken by NABMA in 2022.

The survey has driven the key priorities of the Markets First campaign:

  • Attracting and retaining traders
  • Addressing the economic challenges of Markets
  • Demonstrating the wider value of Markets
  • Professionalising Market Management
  • Improving relationship with traders

More information about the campaign can be found on the NABMA website (nabma.com) and by following the discussion on social media using #MarketsFirst

A copy of the full campaign launch document is available on the website here:
Markets First – Click Here

Pictured: David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA (second left) & Kate Gittins, Shrewsbury Market Hall Facilities Manager (centre) with traders from Shrewsbury Market Hall

Photo: Barry Phillips Photography

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