Traditional retail markets continue to be an important part of the retail industry and have always been a traditional nurturing ground for independent retailers. However, the speed of change in the industry means that traditional retail markets are coming under increased pressure from well-resourced competitors. Local authorities, who operate the most markets in the country, are also undergoing massive changes in terms of funding and capability.
The Mission for Markets campaign is run by NABMA and the NMTF, two trade organisations which, respectively, represent the interests of those who run markets and those who trade on them. We perform regular health checks on traditional retail markets in the UK and offer advice and support to our members. On this website, we will shine a spotlight on best practice and share resources that can be used to develop and sustain traditional retail markets.
The NMTF is the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers and mobile caterers in the UK. We have 20,000 members across the country.
Membership of the NMTF includes liability protection, expert advice and deals from leading suppliers. We represent micro and small businesses within the sector and fight nationally for their interests.
NABMA looks after the interests of market operators. We promote markets on the national stage and provide a wide portfolio of services for our members.
While the bulk of our membership comprises local authorities, NABMA also welcomes operators from any backgrounds. Included in our membership are private operators, social enterprise and community groups.
NABMA and the NMTF are pulling together examples of best practice from both sides of the industry - from those who trade on markets and market-type events and those who run them.
These case studies, which touch on the six issues above, showcase how traders and operators are creating innovative solutions to tackle problems that we are all facing within the industry.
Click on a region to view examples of best practice in your area. Each case study has a resources area that contains information, contacts links and downloads.
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Mission For Markets is a campaign run jointly by NABMA and NMTF