The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) have revealed the winners of the 2018 Blachere Market Awards at their Annual Conference and AGM currently being held in Stratford upon Avon. The event has attracted a record number of attendees this year and the highly prized awards were announced last night.
Joint Award Winners: Ely Market & Cirencester Market
Market Teams come in all shapes and sizes. In making this award the judging team look to see what impact the work of a Team has made on their Market. On this occasion there was a split decision by the judges and there are two award winners.
The first is to Ely Market Team who continue to provide a vibrant and diverse market offer with the regular markets being supplemented by themed markets including, a Flavour of the World Market, a Vegan Market and Summer Lates. Recently Ely has launched a series of Mini Markets encouraging people to shop more thoughtfully. A very determined approach is made to reduce the amount of plastic with shoppers encouraged to bring their own reusable bags, cups and containers. The Ely Markets Team have demonstrated that the market is so much more than a business, successful though it is as a business, and that being part of Ely Markets is to be part of a family.
The second award goes to Cirencester Market Team where a regeneration scheme in 2016 provided an opportunity for the Community Services Team to regenerate the Market. These efforts are now showing very positive results with the hard work from the team producing significant increases in stall numbers on market days with a waiting list on one day. Also, there is successful partnership working with a number of local businesses and stakeholders to produce a wide variety of different themed market events. The revitalised markets offer has been shortlisted for a number of awards and has been featured in various market publications.