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NABMA / SLCC Free Event – Markets, the High Street Recovery and Local Councils

Thursday 2 September @ 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) is delighted to present another joint event with the Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC).

Markets are recognised by Government to be one of the top factors that can influence vibrant and vital town centres and, as restrictions ease, more local councils are delivering their local markets and associated events to boost their local economy, tourism and town centre footfall.

This event will feature case studies from local councils who operate markets with a license from a principal council and those developing a markets strategy and extending their local market offer. The case studies will also be detailed in the new NABMA publication which will be launched at the event.

The virtual event will take place Thursday 2 September, 9:30am – 1:00pm and is completely free.




9.30 Welcome and Introduction

David Preston, NABMA Chief Executive

Rob, Smith, SLCC Chief Executive


9.40 Parish, Town and Community Council Markets Manual

Launch of updated version on NABMA’s Manual highlighting all the important aspects of market powers and operational issues including relationships with Unitary and District Councils.

Graham Wilson, NABMA Legal and Policy Consultant


10.05 Working with a District Council

Forest Row Parish Council illustrate how working with a District Council can bring positive benefits to the quality of a markets service.

Sue Young, Markets Manager, Forest Row Parish Council


10.30 Markets making a positive difference

Oswestry Town Council explain the difference between market days and non market days and how market days bring vibrancy, noise and bustle and a real sense of community engagement.

Arren Roberts, Town Clerk, Oswestry Town Council


11.00 Break


11.15 Improving The Market Offer

Wisbech Town Council have introduced a number of new and innovative ideas to get people to visit their Market with considerable success. We share their good practice.

Terry Jordan, Town Clerk, Wisbech Town Council


11.40 Markets Inspiring A Community

The part played by the Salisbury’s Markets for a city recovering from Novichok and Covid.

Annie Child, City Clerk, Salisbury Town Council


12.10 Soapbox with speakers

Questions, comments and final thoughts


12.30 Closing remarks.



Thursday 2 September
9:30 am - 12:30 pm
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