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ABOUT MISSION FOR MARKETS

Traditional retail markets are a major part of the history of towns and cities in the UK.
They are important sites of commerce and represent the heart of our communities.

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.

NMTF

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

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.

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BEST PRACTICE


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
    23rd September 2016
  • Naturally North Coast & Glens Student Trading Places
    20th August 2018
  • Martin Clark, Economic Development Officer, Causeway Coast and Glens Market
    16th November 2016
  • Stockton Market's Youth Enterpise Officer
    16th August 2018
  • David Laing, The Clucking Pig, Food Festivals
    3rd October 2017
  • John Phillips, Oliver's Bistro-Cafe, Newcastle Grainger Market
    14th December 2016
  • Bolton's Future Market Traders Strategy
    20th August 2018
  • Debbie Pierce, Bury Black Pudding Company, Bury Market & Wholesale
    23rd September 2016
  • Keswick Market, Cumbria
    23rd September 2016
  • Barnsley's "Up and Coming" Markets
    16th August 2018
  • Daniel Wilkinson, Wilkinson Butchers, Doncaster Market
    24th August 2017
  • Debbie Denby, Debbie's Sweet Cabin, Hull Trinity Market
    24th August 2017
  • Stoke on Trent Young Traders
    20th August 2018
  • Business Support for Young Traders in Leicester
    20th August 2018
  • Harborough Market Love Your Local Market school project
    20th August 2018
  • Peter and Barry Tiffen, Goodness Gracious Healthy Foods
    2nd March 2018
  • Bishop's Stortford Youth Market
    20th August 2018
  • Bury St Edmunds School Project & Puppet Parade
    20th August 2018
  • Daniel Ritchie, Markets and Street Trading Development Manager, Cambridge
    23rd September 2016
  • eat:Festivals Young Makers Market
    20th August 2018
  • Cirencester Youth Market
    20th August 2018
  • Suzie Lew, Market and Events Officer, Cirencester Market
    23rd September 2016
  • Aylesbury Young Enterprise Initiatives
    20th August 2018
  • Portsmouth's "Have a Go" Markets
    16th August 2018
  • Richard Howlett, East Oxford Farmers and Community Market, Oxford
    23rd September 2016
  • Samantha Wallace, From Field and Flower, The Borough Market
    23rd September 2016
  • Enfield Market, The Old Enfield Charitable Trust
    23rd September 2016
  • Andrea Di Bello, Crazy For Pasta Ltd, London
    23rd September 2016

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