NABMA Newsletter – 30th January 2018

NABMA Newsletter – 30th January 2018

Celebrating Great British Markets

Last week’s Markets Through Partnerships conference was a great success with 160 delegates attending a fully booked event. Thanks to delegates, speakers and sponsors for their valuable contributions and congratulations to all the winners of the Great British Market Awards. A list of winners, conference presentations and a gallery of photos is now on the website.

Hilary Paxman – Chief Executive


For those fired up to take part in Love Your Local Market, we’re launching this year’s campaign on Valentine’s day, Wednesday 14th February as this year’s global theme is Markets: Close to Your Heart.

Updated resources for organisers and the registration form will be live soon on the Love Your Local Market website. We’re looking forward to working with Gala Tent again. Merchandise is now on sale with a closing date of 27th April – so don’t leave it too late to get your bunting, balloons, flag banners and badges here

We’re looking for organisers who have already made plans to get in touch with us directly so that we can showcase you in our head starters list on the 14th Feb so get planning!

Email and keep in touch with the campaign here where you can also sign up to our newsletter.


Just a reminder that the markets benchmarking meeting will be held in Manchester at the APSE offices starting at 10.30am on the 14th February. It is encouraging to note that, in addition to the members of the original pilot group, we have had interest from several other members. However, there is still room for more!

If your authority is already a member of APSE there is no further charge. If you are not a member it will cost you around £1200 for one year’s participation. The meeting on the 14th February is important because we will be finalising the KPIs for the coming year. If you are interested please contact Graham Wilson at or on 07967276882.


A detailed information note was circulated yesterday on this important issue with advice on the arguments to use to prevent the addition of VAT to market rents. In order that NABMA can represent its members effectively it is important that any member facing facing the imposition of VAT informs NABMA of the threat so we can be aware of the situation across the country. We are advised that it is likely to take a Tribunal decision to decide this matter. NABMA can help to ensure the best case is presented. In the meantime, we will be raising the matter with the APPMG with the hope of securing a meeting with HMRC.


The ACS have just published their 2018 Rural Shops Report and while members might feel that the Report has little interest to market operators you would be wrong. The key to survival of rural shops is seen as adaption and embracing initiatives such as cashless payments. Rural shops have to find ways of engaging more effectively with their customers and offering additional services. All this sounds very similar to what markets should be doing if they are to survive. If you would like to read more go to


NABMA Group Geraud Markets UK Ltd are recruiting a Regional Manager role in Merseyside.
The post holder will manage, develop and co-ordinate the delivery of exceptional operational and commercial standards within a specific geographical division. They will ensure compliance in all areas of operational activity and drive sales and profitability through the performance and development of Market Managers, whilst managing within agreed budgets.

Full details here:

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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