National Campaign returns this Autumn
Britain’s biggest celebration of markets is back this Autumn and is highlighting the importance of markets at the heart of local communities and economies.
The event, which normally takes place in late May, will return from Saturday 16th to Saturday 30th October 2021.
Many markets rose to the challenges of the last 18 months by offering new services, online shopping and delivery services and it is clear that a rediscovery of their importance for local communities and our high streets is underway.
Love Your Local Market will run across the UK with hundreds of markets taking part. It offers the support of a national campaign, created and supported by NABMA (The National Association of British Market Authorities). The campaign last ran in May 2019 and saw a record year in terms of support, social media and initiatives.
The importance of Start-up Business Opportunities
Many markets use the Love Your Local Market fortnight to offer events and activities as well as consumer offers, but key to the importance of the event are the new trader and stall-holder offers and incentives that many markets offer.
As the economy has adapted over the last year, so has the appetite for new small businesses and markets will be offering stall incentives, so people can trial a new business idea at a very low cost. In previous years, the campaign has given over 11,000 people the chance to sample market trading and at least 1,000 new businesses have been created.
David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA, said:
“NABMA is rightly proud of Love Your Local Market that was our original initiative and is now celebrated worldwide. It will remain a flagship event in our annual calendar as a wonderful way to promote the widest benefits of markets and to continue to encourage young traders and start-up businesses into our industry.
“The pandemic has highlighted, more than ever, that markets are key to thriving communities and future success of our high streets. We hope everyone will use the opportunity to rediscover their own local markets.”
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