For over 100 years NABMA has served the interests of its members and in recent years it has increased its profile, particularly on the national stage by working with Government to secure recognition for markets in a number of major policy areas.
In particular NABMA has secured a reference to markets in the Government’s Planning Policy Framework and also secured major recognition for markets in the Mary Portas report which led to the Love Your Local Market Campaign. Such has been the success of Love Your Local Market that it has become the single biggest market event ever promoted.
While working on the national stage, NABMA also cooperates with other organisations which play an important role in securing the future of markets.
NABMA is a special interest group within the Local Government Association and works closely with the Association of Town Centre Management, National Market Traders Federation, and the National Association of Local Councils, to share agendas and develop partnership working.
NABMA has worked hard to improve the quality of member services and our priority is to raise the standards in markets management. With this in mind NABMA, in partnership with the Institute of Place Management and Manchester Metropolitan University, has launched the Diploma in Markets Administration. This gives Market Officers the opportunity of having an accredited and professional qualification that can provide a background in the essential elements of markets administration.
The work of NABMA is underpinned by a structure which provides for a Service Level Agreement with Oswestry Town Council. This SLA provides administrative and financial support and also a base for NABMA. NABMA’s Officers work on a consultancy basis and the Officer Team is headed by a Chief Executive, supplemented by other Officers who operate in policy and training areas.