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