IMPORTANT UPDATE Funding to Help the High Street and Markets

The government has today launched the Reopening High Streets Safely Fund.
No high street service or provider is specifically mentioned in the guidance but in our meeting with government officials earlier in the week then NABMA was assured that markets would be recognised as a potential beneficiary of high street support soon to be announced. We anticipate that this is now that support as referred to within our lobbying and discussion.
The guidance has four strands of activity
  • Support to develop an action plan for how the local authority may begin to safely reopen their local economies.
  • Communications and public information activity to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.
  • Business-facing awareness raising activities to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely.
  • Temporary public realm changes to ensure that reopening of local economies can be managed successfully and safely
Grants will be awarded to local authorities on the basis of population which will serve as a proxy for the footfall anticipated on the high streets and the degree of safeguarding required. A minimum grant value of £30k has been set.
The Guidance can be read in full at
This funding opportunity helps meet a priority in the NABMA Support Plan for Markets that identified the requirement for a “Market Start Back Scheme.”
NABMA is also pleased that its lobbying for inclusion of parish and town councils, as principal stakeholders in town centres with their ever increasing number of high street markets and events, is also recognised in the guidance.
NABMA would like to be kept informed of bids being submitted to this Fund by its membership for help with market start back. We can then use this information within ongoing discussions with government and high street sector leaders.
Finally, the media is this morning announcing that the Prime Minister is ‘set to ease outdoor activity restrictions on markets, garden parties and National Trust sites in days’.
It is therefore important for market operators to refer to information and guidance provided by NABMA and now have detailed plans in place to meet this possible unlocking of some restrictions.
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