Communities Minister Don Foster and Apprentice finalist and market trader Adam Corbally presented awards to a host of UK towns for having the country’s best markets.
The award winners were chosen by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and presented at their conference today (31 January 2013) in Birmingham.
The winners are:
Don Foster said:
“I congratulate all the winners on their work providing outstanding markets for local people to shop at, supporting the local economy and creating jobs. High streets are facing a tough time at the moment with household name shops closing and strong competition from internet sales – yet many markets across the country are thriving. All today’s award winners and nominees are playing a vital role in keeping their local high street flourishing.”
Speaking at the event the minister highlighted the critical role markets can play in encouraging people to revisit their high streets and making them the beating hearts of their communities.
And today, he confirmed £25,000 funding to help support the industry’sLove Your Local Market campaign in May, offering opportunities for budding entrepreneurs to try their business ideas at events across the country.
Other government measures to regenerate the country’s high streets include:
Mr Foster added:
“I want to do everything possible to support our markets and high streets as a vital place where people from all backgrounds meet as well as shop, and tomorrow’s entrepreneurs cut their teeth.
“This is why I have today announced government is supporting the Love Your Local Market campaign this summer, helping councils promote local markets and encouraging young people in particular to become market traders.”
Retail Markets Association research shows the UK has:
Don Foster and Adam Corbally were accompanied at the awards presentation by Jeremy Bradin of KPR Midlink who sponsor the competition and NABMA President Councillor Geraldine Carter.
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