NABMA works closely with Simon Baynes MP, the Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Markets Group.
We have had wonderful support from Simon in attending and supporting our events, and particularly during Love Your Local Market when he visited markets and secured the support of the Prime Minister for the Campaign.
As a follow up to Love Your Local Market, Simon raised a question in the House of Commons to Paul Scully MP, the Parliamentary Under – Secretary (BEIS) and Minister of State for London.
Our Chairman first declared an interest as the chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Markets Group and then added. “The “Love Your Local Market” campaign, supported by many Members across the House, has just come to an end. Does my hon. Friend agree that local markets and traders are a vital part of the local business community and make a huge economic contribution to the health of our high streets and the regeneration of our city and town centres?”
The response from the Minister confirmed that “I congratulate my hon. Friend on his work and interest. We absolutely recognise the contribution that markets make to the vibrancy and diversity of our high streets up and down the country, and indeed of our town centres. We believe that local markets should stay at the heart of community life, and we want them to flourish all over the country”.
This is an excellent statement that the industry can use to highlight further government support for markets, particularly within the levelling up agenda and local funding bids.