Ashley always looked forward to the holiday season. All of it. Some might people argue the build up to Christmas is the best bit; the anticipation and expectation is usually better than a day of being uncomfortable from overeating, having a slight cold or are having to put up with a mildly irritating relative who…

When Journalist and Broadcaster Alistair Cooke joined the New York Times he was puzzled by a large sign – KISS – hanging on the wall of the newsroom. His editor explained: ‘Keep It Simple, Stupid. Your readers have 10 minutes on the subway to read and understand your article. Then tomorrow it’s at the bottom…

I hope that you all had a Merry Christmas and here’s to a happy and prosperous New Year! Market trading is always tough in January especially when the weather is like this, although rather than wish the month away I always try to use my time creatively and try and set a few goals for…

I cannot believe another year has passed. Perhaps it is a sign of increasing age but I swear this is one of the quickest twelve months I have experienced. The twelve months was put into a poignant context just before Christmas when I was asked, on behalf of the London Food Board, to present an…

Collecting market rents can sometimes be a thankless task due to security issues, writing out receipts and general accounting problems. Birmingham City Council markets department, who have been using the KPR Midlink MACCS system since Friday 5th December 2014 to tighten up audit procedures, has decided to amalgamate trader’s rents across the daily toll markets,…

Thousands of happy shoppers enjoyed a dusting of Christmas cheer at Harborough Market’s late night Christmas Market on Friday 5th December. Harborough’s late night Christmas Fayre saw crowds flock in to the town centre for an evening of shopping, good food and entertainment. Almost 13,000 shoppers visited the market, which is operated by Market Place…

Christmas shoppers will take a step back in time when the free Victorian Christmas Weekend returns to Oldham town centre on Saturday and Sunday (December 20 and 21). Look out for the big fairground carousel, as well as enjoying free roasted chestnuts, mulled wine (non-alcoholic) and traditional games such as a coconut shy. Look out…

The organisers of Durham Christmas Festival have reported that their 21st festival in 2014 was a huge success, giving the city its busiest retail weekend of the year. The Festival, which took part over three days from Friday 5th December, had more than 300 small businesses represented – and was ideally timed to coincide with…