This February Spring Fair returns with the most exciting show in its 70-year history, showcasing thousands of new products and shining a light on the trends shaping the gift and homeware markets. And with a new ‘Spring Fair Voucher’ there is not a more convenient, engaging place to do business. The show – running from…

Bolton Market will open on Christmas Eve to help shoppers buy their last minute festive food. The market, on Ashburner Street, will be open on Christmas Eve, which falls on Sunday – a day when the market is usually shut. By the time families are settling down to their dinner on Christmas Day, stallholders are…

The Great British Market Awards 2018 I hope that markets up and down the country have been putting their thinking caps on and are putting fingers to keyboard to compose their applications for next year’s GB Market Awards, or are hitting the voting button for Britain’s Favourite Market. The NABMA Awards are once again generously…

Getting Christmas wrapped up I always try to be honest when I am writing, and I think that it would be fair to say that, unfortunately, pretty much every market in the UK at the moment has empty stalls that traders and customers stand around moaning about. Maybe there are empty stalls on your market?…

I often read in the letters written by my insurance broker that I should notify them of any changes. What kind of changes should I be telling them about? Since changes to the Insurance Act (2015) there is now a greater onus on the broker or insurer to obtain correct and up-to-date information, to ensure…

Works begin at Wolverhampton Preparatory work on Wolverhampton’s new £4.9m city centre market begins City of Wolverhampton Council announced in January the relocation of the market from Market Square. The new Southside site, fronting Cleveland Street, will boast: 20 cabins and 48 stalls, with the option to trade from bigger cabins, an event space, a…

Leyland Market shortlisted for award Judges from the Lancashire Tourism Awards were so impressed by Leyland Market, that they have nominated them for a prestigious award. The market’s friendly stall-holders, excellent food hygiene and dedication to locally-sourced produce, meant that they have been short-listed in the “best retail experience” category. Councillor Phil Smith, South Ribble…

From 1 February 2018 the baton for the management of Harborough Market will be passed from Market Place Management back to Harborough District Council. During their four-year tenure, which began with overseeing a half-million-pound redevelopment of the Market Hall, the daily market has gone from strength to strength. Footfall has increased from approximately 22,000 per…

Stoke-on-Trent City Council is cutting rent for new and existing stall holders at all of its markets This is one of a series of initiatives being introduced to support market traders, attract more shoppers and breathe new life into the buildings. From 1 January, traders at the city’s eight indoor and outdoor markets will receive…