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Archives for October 2017
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 week in 2013 to 32,000 plus in 2017 and so too has the range of high quality products on offer from an ever-growing pool of fantastic, dedicated traders.
Market Place Chief Executive, Nick Rhodes said:
“We have thoroughly enjoyed our role as operators and caretakers of this award-winning local authority market. We are very proud of how our management team, under the daily direction of Market Manager Sairah Butt, has helped return Harborough Market to the centre of town life. Through hard work and dedication we have increased trading days, added bespoke events and an antique and craft market to the offer. Our programme of community activities has been recognised by the National Association of British Market Authorities and our business development initiatives commended by the local business community.”
The operating and management company exceeded financial targets for the Market set by the council each year, an achievement they accredit to the relationships nurtured within the community and with the traders. In addition they delivered a range of marketing activities and increased promotions that raised the profile of the Market, not only in the local area, but also as a tourist destination. As the recipients of three awards in recent years – ‘Retail Business of the Year’ Leicester Mercury Awards 2016, ‘Best Small Indoor Market 2016’ National Association of British Market Authorities and ‘Independent Retailer of the Year’ Niche Awards 2015 – and an economically solidly performing market with stall occupancy rates increasingly above the national average, Market Place Management are confident they are handing back a healthy operation.
Market Place are sad to be bringing their involvement with the market to an end; however they fully recognise that like many councils across England, now more than ever Harborough District Council must be mindful of all expenditure and where possible bring services back in-house in a bid to maximise stretched budgets.
During the last four years Market Place has come to regard Market Harborough as a second home. The job to improve a market is an on-going one and they look forward to seeing the results of the council’s efforts in the coming months. Harborough Market is a jewel in the town and Market Place would encourage everyone to visit and support this unique shopping destination.
As everyone knows markets are about people and the company would like to thank the traders, partners and the many visitors for their unwavering support. They would also like to thank Harborough District Council for the opportunity to operate the market and wish the Market every success in the future.
Stage 1. Voting for Britain’s Favourite Market is now underway and will run until 11.59 pm on 30 November 2017. The voting icon is on the NABMA website www.nabma.com. Anyone can apply and you simply need to put in the name of your favourite market.
Stage 2. On the 4th December the 6 markets that have received the most votes will be announced and will then be carried over to the next phase of the judging process. The number of votes received will not count towards the next assessment phase set out below.
Stage 3. These 6 places will then each receive a prearranged visit from representatives from the Judges panel before Christmas. During their visits the Judges will be looking for evidence of:
– stall vacancy rates on the market;
– how the market promotes itself;
– how the market meets the needs of the local community;
– the vibrancy of the market.
Stage 4. Separately on a different day, a “mystery shopper” visit will be undertaken to see why customers like the market and why traders want to trade on it.
Britain’s Favourite Market is influenced online by the people who come to your markets and your traders. This is a huge PR opportunity with local press releases to encourage shoppers to vote for their local market. Do get them involved!
The theme for World Mental Health Day 2017 is workplace wellbeing, and the fabulous traders and people who work at Warrington market have got together to star in a music video aimed at encouraging young people suffering with mental health problems to step into the light and start talking about their issues.
A great way to show support is to take part in this thunderclap promotion by clicking on this link http://thndr.me/2IP2qL Then selecting “support with facebook and/or twitter” it is as simple as that. Then on 27 October we will all send a huge message of support to those suffering with mental health problems.
Dancing in the Shadows is a 360 degree pop video set in the basement area of the old Warrington market building and includes a butcher, a baker and even a medieval candlestick maker.
The song is about what can happen when you stay in the shadows too long, with the message,
“Step into the light and start talking talk about your issues”.
This video has been several months in the making and is the collaboration of a group of lifelong friends inspired to help raise awareness of mental health issues. Viewers are also encouraged to make donations direct to a charity of their choice.
At the beginning of this year and after retiring from working at Warrington market, Stephen Pickering got together with a couple of friends to record some music for fun. The three musicians have been playing live together for years, and are established performers in their own right. Stephen has also produced many television commercials and wanted to have a go at a music video in the new 360 degree technology to create a totally immersive virtual reality experience.
While recording the music track in the studio, they came across a young talented rapper named Kyle Hignett. He is a really nice lad with a powerful story around his unfortunate mental health condition. Kyle was the subject of national news in 2016 when his mum revealed that she often had to restrain him with handcuffs to stop him killing himself. Kyle had border line personality disorder and psychosis.
Due to the song being about Holden Caulfield, who himself had mental health issues in the book “Catcher in the Rye”, it seemed obvious to invite Kyle to perform on the track.
After the music was completed, filming of the music video started and a wide cross section of the local community with connections to the market were invited to take part as dancers in the audience. Each person filmed individually against a green screen background ready for inclusion in the video.
It soon became apparent that most had experienced issues around mental health, either with themselves or close friends and family.
Commenting on the video, Stephen said, “If Walt Disney had directed The Exorcist, I think it would have looked something like this. It is a humorous retro-horror flick aimed at engaging with young people. The reality is that mental health is a very scary experience and if we can help to encourage anyone who might be suffering to step into the light and start talking to someone, then that would be fantastic”.
“I am very grateful to everyone involved and particularly to Steven Broomhead, Chief Executive of Warrington Borough Council and Chairman of Warrington Wolves for dancing in the video. Steven demonstrates how he is an ideal candidate for the television show Strictly Come Dancing”
The video will be released on youtube on Friday 27 October in time for Halloween, utilising the “Thundclap” promotion to help create a buzz and get people talking.
At the recent NABMA Conference we received an update on the Benchmarking Project that has been undertaken by APSE with the support of ten of our members. This Project was a great success and has led to APSE agreeing that markets can be included within the “family” of local authority services that they currently benchmark.
As many NABMA members are already members of APSE access to market benchmarking will be part of the service that you already receive so there will be no extra cost involved. If you are not an APSE member but you want to participate in market benchmarking then you can do so but there is a fee to pay. Having up to date information to make informed decisions about performance is vital to the well being of markets and NABMA is delighted to be working in partnership with APSE.
Here is the Market Operations Flyer from APSE. You are encouraged to sign up and demonstrate your support. We need as many markets as possible to get involved.