Starting yesterday and running until the 29th May is the Love Your Local Market fortnight. The event is being promoted by the National Association of British Market Authorities and over 650 markets and 3,000 special events are being held to mark the event. Markets can make a signficant positive contribution to the local economy and well being of a town centre, we are currently working with a number of market towns to strengthen their local markets. Is your local area taking part? For further information please go to the following website:
An extract from the Government’s press release is below, to see the full press release follow this link:
‘Local Growth Minister Mark Prisk urged people to back their local markets during a fortnight of activities designed to get consumers back on their high streets.
Starting today (15 May 2013), this year’s Love Your Local Market campaign will involve over 650 markets across England, with over 3,000 special events designed to showcase the best of local produce, design and innovation, with tastings, music concerts, treasure hunts and other events to celebrate great local food and shopping.
Running until 29 May, the event will also give budding traders a chance to tout their wares with 3,000 free or subsidised stalls available to those who want to try trading for the first time in a low-cost, low-risk retail environment.
Speaking at the launch of Love Your Local Market 2013 in Portobello Road, Mark Prisk said:
Markets can be the beating heart of their communities and a force for good in the local economy. We have seen examples across the country of markets bringing people back to the high street, nurturing new traders and spreading the benefits to all surrounding businesses.
That’s why we’re backing the Love you Local Market fortnight. It is a great opportunity for town centres and for aspiring business owners to give trading a go.
I would urge everyone to visit www.loveyourlocalmarket.org.uk to find their local market and support their local high street.
Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of the National Association of British Market Authorities, said:
Love Your Local Market fortnight gives markets across the country the chance to demonstrate their importance to local communities and also provides the chance for new entrepreneurs to sample market trading for the first time. It is a wonderful opportunity for many people to embark upon a new career.
Councillor Nicholas Paget Brown, the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea’s Cabinet Member for Transport, Environment and Leisure said:
This is a great opportunity to celebrate the entrepreneurial spirit of local markets and their importance to the local high street by encouraging people to shop locally.
I am delighted that Portobello and Golborne markets have been chosen to launch LYLM fortnight. In these challenging times it is great to see our markets continue to thrive and I wish all our traders both new taster stallholders and established market people every success.’