11 Feb And the winners are….
The annual Great British Market Awards held at the Council House in Birmingham, are always an exciting time for the industry and certainly liven up the darker days of January.
Presented by Youtube cake sensation Molly Robbins, star of Channel 4’s ‘Extreme Cake Makers’, alongside judges from the National Association of British Market Authorities and and sponsor Jeremy Bradin from KPR Midlink, it was great to be there for the first time as a sponsor with my new project, Marketti. For the last four years I’ve been to the January conference as a NABMA consultant, usually tweeting furiously all day and unable to have a proper chat, not to mention the first year I was there, two weeks into the post of Love Your Local Market manager, when I had to address conference….that was a truly scary twenty minutes I can tell you.
With so may great markets in the running for the awards, it must have been a difficult decision for the judging panel. All the winners are well deserved, including the category for Britain’s Favourite Market which includes some fiercely competitive public voting in the first round…so without further ado, the winners are:
Britain’s Favourite Market went to Shrewsbury Market Hall
Fighting off stiff competition from from Norwich, Cambridge, Skipton, Leeds and Barrow Markets, Market Hall Shrewsbury manager Kate Gittins said afterwards “It’s thanks to the wonderful stall holders and our brilliant customers that we have won this award so our thanks really go out to them and to the members of the public who voted for us”
Best Food Market went to Eat Festivals
Was recognised for the work they do to champion local produce in Somerset, support their local community, drive footfall and encourage the next generation of food producers with their youth initiative for 16-24-year olds.
Best Community Market went to Naturally North Coast and Glens
Described as a unique community market experience, Naturally North Coast and Glens Market provides the opportunity to experience a unique artisan market in and around this region of Northern Ireland.
Best Small Indoor Market went to Todmorden Market
With a reputation for heritage and customer service, Todmorden is also the home of all things local, spawning initiatives such as Incredible Edible and Totally Locally. No wonder the locals love their local market hall.
Best Large Indoor Market went to Barnsley Market
In the midst of a huge regeneration project that has seen the entire market moved into it’s £2m temporary accommodation, the Market Team were praised by the judges for their attention to detail and a commitment to quality service.
Best Small Outdoor went to Saffron Walden Market
Recognised for its continuing commitment to improvement, this popular weekly market is loved by locals and visitors alike. Some traders have been here for over 50 years and I’ve even heard tell of a champagne bar of the back of the fish stall where you can enjoy some oysters on a Friday evening in the Summer.
Best Large Outdoor went to Stockton Market
Running an ambitious can engaging events programme throughout the year, Stockton’s Enterprise Officer has also been doing some really brilliant work with local schools.
Best Small Speciality went to All Saints Garden Market
Described as a fantastic example of a niche artisan and craft market, the judges recognised the expertly curated authentic handmade offer and high standards, perfectly suited to the available demographic.
Best Large Speciality Market went to Skipton Christmas Market
Included in a year-round programme of events that centre around the market, attracting thousands of people every year, the Christmas market is promoted to coach tour operators and crucially supports existing traders while creating additional footfall for the towns retailers.
Best Market Attraction went to Bury St Edmunds for St Benedict’s School Market Projects and Puppet Parade
Culminating in the parade the programme also delivered skills and training to start-ups that saw young people from the local sixth formers supporting traders’ with their social media accounts and free PAT testing.