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.
T: 01691 680 713
The NMTF is the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers and mobile caterers in the United Kingdom.
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.
T: 01226 749 021
Mission for Markets will perform a health check on the markets industry, shine a spotlight on best practice, and share resources that market traders and operators can use to up their game.
The campaign is run by NABMA and the NMTF – two trade associations that, respectively, represent the operators of markets and the businesses who trade on them.
As an industry, we need to be able to demonstrate the economic value of markets in the UK. This survey will give us the ammunition we need to lobby the Government for further support and investment.
We have identified six big issues that are affecting the markets industry. Read through them, share your thoughts with us. You can get in touch with NABMA and the NMTF here.
Over the summer, we will be developing examples of best practice from traders and operators from all over the country and showcasing them on this website.
Have you tackled one the six big issues? Share your experiences and contribute to the Mission for Markets! Get in touch with NABMA and the NMTF and tell us why you should be featured.
Mission for Markets culminates with the publication of a report in September, which will be distributed widely to decision makers at all levels within the industry - this will be our strategy for the markets industry!
But it doesn’t end there. We will ensure the campaign evolves over time - it will stay fresh with updated examples of best practice, surveys on hot issues and expert advice from NABMA and the NMTF.
Member of the NMTF or NABMA? Keep us up to date with your latest contact details so we can keep you up to date with latest from Mission for Markets.
If you get five or more people who are selling something and you put them together with people who are willing to buy from them - in law, you've basically got a market.
That's quite an open definition, right? You can see why so many events, such as fairs, festivals and shows, can be classed as a market. From big music festivals with hundreds of food wagons, to the small bake sale in the village hall - they're all markets, just coming in different shapes and sizes.
But we know that for most people, when they hear "market," they think of traditional retail markets in paved squares and historic halls up and down the country. Also, there some people who trade on fairs, festivals and shows who don't identify as "market traders" - instead, there are "crafters," "caterers" and "retailers."
This is why, throughout this website, you will see the phrase "market-type events." As far as NABMA and the NMTF are concerned, we're all part of the same market family, and this campaign welcomes contributions from traders and operators from all sides of the industry.
Mission for Markets is run by NABMA and the NMTF, two industry organisations which, respectively, represent the interests of market operators in the UK, and the micro and small business that trade on them.
NABMA and the NMTF are both membership organisations who provide a range of services to their members. They are also non-profit organisations, any profit is ploughed back into the markets industry.
The Mission for Markets campaign is paid for 50/50 by NABMA and the NMTF. The campaign has recieved no financial support from the Government or from private companies.
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Mission For Markets is a campaign run jointly by NABMA and NMTF