NABMA Newsletter – 16th January 2018

NABMA Newsletter – 16th January 2018

NABMA One Day Conference

I’m looking forward to seeing delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors at the one-day conference Markets Through Partnerships at The Council House in Birmingham next Thursday, 25th January which starts with registration and refreshments from 9.15am. Proceedings start at 10am and the conference will close by 3.30pm.

Hilary Paxman – Chief Executive


News of the government’s stand against a throw-away culture by widening plastic bag charges to small retailers has been used in several articles as a topical message to promote market shopping to consumers. As we know buying loose seasonal produce from your local market is good for the environment and the communities we serve.


The NABMA Diploma Course in Market Administration is set to introduce budgeting and accountancy skills into the curriculum for 2018. Nabma course leader Stephen Pickering commented, “Having control and understanding of your budgets is the essential facilitator for introduction of new initiatives. If you are serious about improving your market, then this part of the business planning is crucial”.

The NABMA diploma course is completed over 6 days of training and accredited by the Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University.

Due to popular demand the 6 day course is being made available twice in 2018.

Two additional places have been made available on the first course starting in March, and a limited number of places are still available for the summer course starting in May. Full details of dates and curriculum are available on the Nabma website.

If you would like an informal chat about the course or indeed on how to spread the cost over other financial years, please contact Stephen Pickering on 07756326022 or by email at


As an increasing number of local authorities look at revised arrangements in respect of their markets it is worthwhile asking how many local authorities maintain an up to date market licensing system? In a situation where a local authority enters into a contract with a private operator to run a market the last thing the private operator will want to find is the market they are managing undermined by another market set up near by. To safeguard such a situation the local authority should ensure that an important part of the contract negotiations is to ensure that market rights are properly covered in a licensing arrangement requiring any new markets to secure relevant approval. NABMA has an up to date markets licensing policy available for members to adapt for their own use. Please contact us at


On the 25th May the UK will see a major change in data collection arrangements. The GDPR is promulgated by the European Union and despite BREXIT it is likely that it will be necessary for the UK to comply with its requirements. Essentially it will strengthen and unify data protection for all individuals. Under the GDPR Regulation it will be necessary, among many changes, for consent to holding data to be recorded and updated in respect of any information held. Given that information on market traders is only a small part of the information held by local authorities it is likely that local authorities will be responding corporately to the requirements of the Regulation.There is lots of information available on the internet on the Regulation. If you need any further help, please contact NABMA on


Thursday 25 January
NABMA ONE DAY CONFERENCE, Birmingham Council House, 9.30am for 10am start – 3.30pm

Wednesday 14 February
APSE Benchmarking Workshop, Old Trafford, Manchester

Wednesday 14 February
LAUNCH DAY – Love Your Local Market 2018

Thursday 1 March
REGIONAL ROADSHOW – Love Your Local Market – Cambridge

Thursday 17 May – Thursday 31 May

Sunday 16 September – Tuesday 18 September

We welcome news stories, job vacancies and tender opportunities from our members for publication. If your market has some news to share, please email

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