About Mission for Markets

Markets are a major part of the history of towns and cities in the United Kingdom. They are important sites of commerce and exchange and represent the heart of our communities.

They 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 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 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 have performed a health check on markets in the UK (click here to read the results). We will shine a spotlight on best practice and share resources that market operators and market traders can use to up their game.


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.


The NMTF is the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers and mobile caterers in the UK. We have 25,000 members across the country.

Membership of the NMTF includes liability protection, supplier discounts and business support. We represent micro and small businesses within the sector and fight nationally for their interests.



Select a region to view examples of best practice.

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.

  • Brian McAteer, Essential Edinburgh, Edinburgh Farmers Market
    8th January 2016
  • Joleen McColgan, Markets Manager, Armagh
    5th August 2015
  • Karl Wilson, VJW Jewellery, Newcastle
    2nd December 2015
  • Debbie Pierce, Bury Black Pudding Company, Bury Market & Wholesale
    11th August 2016
  • Altrincham Market, Trafford
    6th August 2015
  • Christmas Markets, Manchester
    6th August 2015
  • Maria Cotton, Business and Development Manager, Kirklees Markets
    11th April 2016
  • Shirley Hodgson, The Vine Cafe, Grimsby Freeman Street Market
    9th March 2016
  • Hiatt Jackson, Cantina Burrito, Cottingham
    16th February 2016
  • Dudley Market, Dudley Market Traders Ltd
    26th January 2016
  • Friends of The Bullring Markets, Birmingham
    21st October 2015
  • Stratford-upon-Avon Market, Warwickshire
    6th August 2015
  • Dean and Gillian Kerry, Kerry's Fruit and Veg, Nottingham
    21st December 2015
  • Tessa Darby, Market Manager, Wendy Fair Markets
    30th September 2015
  • Belper Farmers' Market, Derbyshire
    6th August 2015
  • Colchester Market, Colchester Borough Council
    26th January 2016
  • Daniel Ritchie, Markets and Street Trading Development Manager, Cambridge
    21st January 2016
  • Friends of Peterborough City Market
    22nd October 2015
  • Suzie Lew, Market and Events Officer, Cirencester Market
    17th May 2016
  • Katie Sargent, Utta Nutta, Salisbury
    2nd December 2015
  • Richard Howlett, East Oxford Farmers and Community Market, Oxford
    16th February 2016
  • Thame Market, Oxfordshire
    6th August 2015
  • Karen Florey, The Running Chicken, Reading
    5th August 2015
  • Samantha Wallace, From Field and Flower, The Borough Market
    9th May 2016
  • Enfield Market, The Old Enfield Charitable Trust
    26th January 2016
  • Tower Hamlets Renters, Chrisp Street, London
    22nd October 2015

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