Archives for September 2017
Congratulations to Tony & the team from Manchester Markets who won the Team Award for outstanding commitment and dedication to the Real Deal Charter from 2009 till the present day. Tony Sproston was presented with the award in London on 13 September.
· Manchester Markets identified some serious issues in 2008 – illicit traders were selling counterfeit and dangerous goods on Council and privately operated markets within the city.
· A multi agency focus group was formed with Trading Standards, GMP and other agencies. Action was taken which included multi agency raids on privately operated markets. Several Council traders lost their licences to trade in Manchester.
· Manchester Markets were the first local authority to sign up to the National Real Deal Charter in October 2009. The majority of UK local authority markets have since signed up to the Charter.
· The multi agency approach continued and Manchester Markets worked closely with national organisations including the Federation Against Copyright Theft and the British Recording Music Industry. In 2013 Manchester Markets received an award from FACT, in recognition of exemplary standards in tackling Intellectual Property Crime.
· In 2011, 5 criminal gangs were prosecuted. These were the major suppliers of counterfeit goods to market traders throughout the city.
· Baroness Wilkinson reported to the Deputy Prime Minister that the work done in Manchester was a beacon of best practice.
· The work has also been recognised by Warner Brothers. In 2010 where the Manchester story was told at their AGM in London.
The work continues:
· Manchester Markets recently banned Android/Kodi boxes from sale on all markets.
· Manchester Markets and Trading Standards recently carried out unannounced visits to Longsight and Gorton Markets. No counterfeit items were found.
· Market Managers regularly inspect their markets for counterfeit goods and will continue to be trained by Trading Standards regarding current counterfeit trends.
The recent annual conference held by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) celebrated success for a further 19 officers from across the UK who have achieved a formal qualification in Market Administration.
Now in its 6th year, over 100 people have now successfully completed the NABMA Diploma course resulting in this qualification becoming the standard benchmark in the industry.
Formally recognised as equivalent to the national framework HNC/D or NVQ this level 4 qualification is accredited by the Institute of Place Management which is part of the Manchester Metropolitan University.
The course is offered to NABMA members at a subsidised rate thanks to the generous sponsorship of “Marketplace”. Allan Hartwell, one of the original founders of Marketplace commented: “It is recognised that market management is an excellent grounding for acquiring a wide range of business experiences, which means the transferrable skills obtained through this diploma make it an ideal investment for the future of any officer working in the industry.”
Hilary Paxman, Chief Executive of NABMA, is delighted with the ever-increasing demand from officers wishing to gain the qualification, “People attend the course for a variety of reasons, either to gain formal recognition for their years of experience, or as a fast-track introduction to market management. Everyone on the course benefits from establishing contacts within the industry that become an invaluable resource for the future. NABMA also offers a wide range of support for market managers and opportunities for continuous professional development”.
Stephen Pickering, [experienced market manager]and the NABMA course leader commented, “After completion of the 6 day diploma course I always endeavour to speak to the senior managers responsible for each candidate to ask if they have noticed any difference in their employee. The consistent responses always report increased confidence in work performance and a drive from students to introduce new initiatives to benefit their market investments.”
Further details of the 2018 course are now available on the NABMA web site or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org Anyone interested in registering for the course is advised to make early enquires as places are limited and likely to reach capacity very soon.
For an informal chat about the course please telephone Stephen Pickering on 07756326022
Note: Photo – Class of 2017 celebrating their diploma success at the National conference held in Stratford Upon Avon, September 2017.
On Monday 18th September at the NABMA Annual Conference the winners of the NABMA & Blachere Illumination Annual Market Awards were announced. The number and quality of the entries for this year’s Market Awards were the highest we have experienced and testify to the commitment and dedication of Market Officers around the country.
The winners are as follows:
Market Manager of the Year – John Walker, Calderdale Markets
Market Team of the Year – Cambridge Markets
Market Innovation of the Year – Fleetwood Market
Market Young Person of the Year – Luke Matthews, Saffron Walden and Lucy Bye, Kirklees Markets
Special Market Team Awards – Borough Market, London and Glasgow Wholesale Market
Krys Zasada Award for Outstanding Contribution to Markets – Colin Wolstenholme, Bradford Markets
NABMA Appreciation Awards – Allan Hartwell, Market Place and Joe Harrison, NMTF
NABMA want to thank Blachere for their sponsorship support which enables us to make these Awards and Manchester City Council for their continued support of the Krys Zasada Award. NABMA also want to thank all the people who have submitted nominations which gave the judges lots of difficult decisions to make on the eventual recipients.
Shown below is NABMA President Cllr Chris Rosling-Josephs with the Cambridge Markets Team who won Markets Team of the Year.
The NABMA Conference 2017 at Stratford-Upon-Avon witnessed the beginning of the appointment of Hilary Paxman as the new Chief Executive and the retirement of Graham Wilson OBE as the long respected Chief Executive of NABMA and the widely recognised voice of markets in the UK.
Hilary addressed Conference in its opening session setting out her background, her vision, and her early work programme for the national association.
Graham leaves NABMA as its Chief Executive after 14 years in post. Throughout the Conference numerous accolades were made to his stewardship and leadership of the organisation, the many successes that it has achieved, and the profile that it has reached in Westminster and with some many partners.
The Gala Awards Dinner included a special tribute to Graham formally recognising his service to NABMA, markets and market people, with various presentations made by the Presidency team.
NABMA formally congratulates Hilary on her appointment and wishes her well and places on record its thanks to Graham for his long and dedicated service and for the many friends that he has made for NABMA and markets generally.
Congratulations are extended to John Walker of Calderdale Council on being named The Market Manager of the Year in the NABMA / Blachere Market Awards 2017.
At the Award Ceremony John was described as one of the cornerstones of the market industry. Someone who has had an especially keen interest in ensuring the running of markets for over 30 years and who has managed one of the most metropolitan markets portfolios for over 13 years.
It was considered that his local achievements have been in raising the quality and the profile of his market halls and open markets, in demonstrating how markets as a business are vital to their town centres in creating markets business solutions throughout the community.
His successes have been in creating initiatives for bringing young people into markets, creating linkages for partnering and supporting community organisations, in regenerating market infrastructure and in constantly facilitating others through management of the Nabma Forum and in his significant assessment role for the Diploma in Market Administration.
NABMA, Calderdale and the markets industry have much to thank him for.
Congratulations are extended to all the successful candidates who have completed and achieved their Diploma in Market Administration.
The Diploma, led by Chris New and Steve Pickering as NABMA Consultants, has provided an excellent introduction to many aspects of market administration and is now recognised as the premier market qualification for local authorities and private market operators.
The Awards for the successful 2017 candidates were presented by Alan Hartwell, the sponsor of Market Place, and the NABMA President Councillor Chris Rosling-Josephs, at the NABMA Conference held recently at Stratford-Upon-Avon.
NABMA congratulates all the successful candidates and thanks the administrators of the course, the Institute of Place Management, and of course Market Place Europe for their continuing support.
We have had a couple of bookings for the Conference cancelled and to minimise the loss to those who originally made the bookings we can offer two full delegate places at a substantially reduced rate. If anyone is interested please get in touch as soon as possible.
There is still time to book as a day delegate.
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Its wide range of family-run independent stalls selling everything from cockles and laverbread to freshly cooked Thai food already attracts more than four million visitors a year.
The bi-lingual campaign is emphasising the tradition, heritage and appeal of the market and includes both radio and digital media advertising.
In addition to the radio advertisements, a short video called ‘Market Morning’ shows the market coming to life each day with the sights, sounds and smells of the market hall and the pride of the traders as they serve their customers.
Another theme stresses the heritage of the market and details its history. The traders are portrayed as the lifeblood of the market who continue to work hard every day to keep the tradition alive in Swansea.
Cllr Robert Francis Davies, Cabinet Member for Culture, Tourism and Major Projects, said: “A huge amount of work goes into promoting Swansea Market to ensure that residents and visitors support this first class retail destination.
“We are about to embark on an ambitious £1bn transformation of the city centre with new retail, leisure and business opportunities, but the market will always remain a star attraction.
“The stalls and the traders make it a unique part of the city, so we will continue to ensure this is the case.”
Swansea Market can be traced back almost 1,000 years when local people gathered in the shadow of Swansea Castle to sell their wares and trade crops and livestock.
In 1652 a market house with a roof was built in Castle Square but by the time Swansea was targeted by German bombs during the Second World War it had moved to Oxford Street.
Some £1.25m was raised for a new building and the current Swansea Market opened for business in 1961.
It has continued to thrive and in 2015 it was named ‘Britain’s Best Large Indoor Market’ by the National Association of British Market Authorities.
If you have not already seen the promotional video, you can see it on the market’s website at www.swanseaindoormarket.co.uk
Details of the 2018 Diploma in Market Administration course are now available here.
The Diploma provides an excellent introduction to many aspects of markets administration and is recognised as the premier markets qualification for local authority and private market operators – and those from allied organisations.
Each year NABMA facilitate a specialist training programme with high quality lecturers and enable candidates to obtain a professional qualification – the Diploma in Market Administration.
Candidates come together to attend 3 two-day courses in Derby on specialist subjects and complete three assignments to demonstrate what they have learnt from the experience.