The winners of the 2016 Great British Market Awards were announced in Birmingham yesterday and NABMA would like to thank everyone who has taken part and congratulate our winners. It was a fantastic competition with over 80 different entries for the various sections of the competition.
The judging panel was made up of the following, the President of NABMA Councillor Mick Barker, Jeremy Bradin, KPR Midlink Ltd as sponsor, Rob Nixon, Markets Manager at Stoke and Kirsty Flatt, Market Trade News. Below is the list of winners and the judges’ comments.
The presentations were made by Marcus Jones MP, Minister for High Streets and Markets, Jeremy Bradin of KPR Midlink Ltd as sponsor and Councillor Mick Barker the President of NABMA.
Best Love Your Local Market Event – Warrington
The winner used the campaign to deliver a clear message to customers about the major development works taking place adjacent to the market, shouting out that the market remains open for business as usual. This market always breaks new ground and a comic convention was introduced to attract young customers through social media. The campaign included history tours, karaoke and special customer offers. This market went the extra mile to attract sponsorship, had a real attention to detail and was an outstanding success during a down time for the market with the relocation all around.
The winner of the Best Love your Local Market Event 2016 is Warrington.
Best Large Indoor Market – St Nicholas Markets, Bristol
A market that operates 6 days a week including monthly Friday night markets and boasts expanding food outlets. The market has strong links with its community and works closely with the City Council to incorporate local groups and initiatives – such as the annual young enterprise market. Extensive work is carried out with schools and the market has strong partnership links with its Destination Partnership and Business Improvement District teams. It also works in partnership to support and promote the use of the city’s own currency. In summary – lots of new ideas and initiatives, a proactive market with a relatively small budget and a lot of successes involving young entrepreneurs.
The winner of the Best Large Indoor Market is St Nicholas Markets, Bristol.
Best Small Indoor Market – Harborough Market
A partnership between public and private sector with 45 stalls and occupancy rate of 95%. This market had been part of the social media revolution and market traders are encouraged to use social media with one to one coaching. The market has strong community links, a diverse range of activities, significant new starter opportunities and provides flexible space within the central area of the market and strong evidence of projects geared at environmental sustainability.
The winner of Best Small Indoor Market is Harborough Market.
Best Large Outdoor Market – Rotherham Street Market
A market with some 18,000 visitors each day, traders having full business support and the market demonstrating evidence of partnership working, particularly with college and town centre management. Packed with community events and local support then innovation is demonstrated by the Tuesday Street Market being turned around from the lowest customer footfall per day to the busiest each and every week. This is very much a market at the heart of the community.
The winner of the Best Large Outdoor Market is Rotherham Street Market.
Best Small Outdoor Market – Hebden Bridge
This market demonstrated significant community involvement and support with both residents and visitors recognising the value of this local market. The market has been an important focal point for this town which was heavily affected by summer floods in 2012 and since. With many businesses unable to trade the market continued to regenerate the town with further additional markets being operated to revitalise the town, promote community wellbeing and encourage visitors. The market is a great strength and its ethos of independent trading is well subscribed. Traders have raised the game and it is a quality market with a great food offer.
The winner of the Best Small Outdoor Market is Hebden Bridge.
Best Large Community Market – Enfield Market
The winner is a charitable trust that operates this exciting market on a weekly basis. Traders have social media advice, training and support, and their own page on the market website. The market boasts extensive partnerships including the local town team and offers encouragement for live entertainment and an excellent food area. Working as a trust some £100,000 was invested in 2015 to regenerate the market. Profits from the market go towards personal educational and community grants. The total sum reinvested is some £250,000 per year.
The winner of the Best Large Community Market is Enfield Market.
Best Small Community Market – Tettenhall Make It and Bake It Market
This market has 35 traders and is exclusively promoted on social media. The market has made great progress since its inception, everything is achieved through effort and care and there is a real desire to integrate the market with local businesses. Significant support is also given to local charities. Looking to 2016 then demand exceeds supply. This market is regarded as a brilliant showcase for the extraordinary talents of the traders themselves.
The winner of the Best Small Community Market is Tettenhall Make it and Bake It Market.
Best Large Speciality Market – Tall Ships Belfast 2015
Strong competition existed in this category. The winner was recognised as providing a very special, spectacular and unique event that showcased this market to the world. It gave huge attention to detail in its delivery, even moving and replacing infrastructure. The market even included the provision of a 20×25 metre beach with huts doubling as traders chalets. Without doubt this market went the extra mile in every aspect of its delivery. Locally, nationally and internationally this market excelled.
The winner of the Best Large Speciality Market is Tall Ships Belfast 2015.
Best Small Speciality Market – The Alternative Market
This reflects upon a market of young entrepreneurs and was a standout application in this category. It takes the teenage market concept forward to the next level providing a market of young entrepreneurs that is a beacon example that many may wish to follow. The market has strong links with local educational establishments looking to get young entrepreneurs trading at permanent markets then eventually into town centre retail units on the high street.
The winner of the Best Small Speciality Market is The Alternative Market.
Best Wholesale Market – Glasgow Wholesale Market – Blochairn
This market has been perceived as a phoenix rising from the ashes with significant investment and management change. It offers excellent environmental successes and has concentrated significantly on reducing its carbon footprint and increasing recycling. The market works closely with the City Council’s education departments offering a culinary of excellence programme where even nursery school children visit the market to see where produce comes from. It has excellent partnerships and provides the role of being Scotland’s only wholesale market handling 2 million tonnes of produce from around the world each year.
The Winner of the Best Wholesale Market is Glasgow Wholesale Market – Blochairn
Best Large Food Market – Borough Market
A market that is iconic and operated by a charitable trust with 117 stalls and 100% occupancy rate. In just 12 months it has gained an additional 20,000 followers on Twitter taking its following to 50,000 followers and some 65,000 followers on Facebook. It is celebrating a 1,000 year campaign of markets on the south side of the River Thames and has wonderful links with community, partners and friends. It is national, internationally and worldwide famous but above all it is not complacent, continually driving standards, change and challenge alongside reinvestment.
The winner of the Best Large Food Market is Borough Market.
Best Small Food Market – Electric Nights Streetfood
This is an exciting market that enhances the local night time economy with copious local support, trader interest and themes. It changes its appearance every month with themes from 50’s rock and roll to Octoberfest. It involves extensively the local community groups with live performances and provides a welcoming fun evening out for all the family in the town centre in a safe environment. Advertising and marketing is extensively through social media and the partnership approach has brought about free town centre car parking. This market really provides a fun community event, promotes the local area and also supports local food and drink vendors and musicians from the South West.
The winner of the Best Small Food Market is Electric Nights Streetfood.
Best Market Attraction – Duke of York Square Partridges Market
Arguably the most difficult section to judge in the competition with so many wonderful market attractions to discuss. This market is private and family run with the sole aim of supporting start-up companies and artisans to launch and grow their business. A pioneering Startisans scheme is established and strong emphasis applies on working with new businesses and continuing to help them grow. This is a significant award winning market that has supported several hundred start-ups many of which have gone on to open their own premises or supply prestigious shops such as Fortnum and Masons, Selfridges, Harrods and hold royal warranties. Social Media is extensively used and with a real emphasis on trader start up.
The winner of Best Market Attraction is the Duke of York Square Partridges Market.
Britain’s Favourite Market – Leeds Market
Voted for on line with this market narrowly taking the prestigious title of Britain’s Favourite Market from around 100,000 votes as cast.
It is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe and described as a shopper’s paradise. It has sat at the heart of the local retail scene since 1857 with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities.
Still the city’s shopping mecca, the market now also plays host to Jamie’s Ministry of Food continuing the market’s tradition of bringing great quality food and drink to the community and its visitors. It has a lively programme of events and a regular speciality markets throughout the week.
The winner of Britain’s Favourite Market is Leeds