Mission for Markets

Mission for Markets is a campaign for traditional retail markets run by the NMTF and NABMA. Our goal is a big one; to secure the future of the sector. A huge challenge but one we’re ready and capable to take on.

Market trader? Street trader?
Events retailer or caterer?

Take part in the national survey!

Survey closes on 30 June
Do you run a traditonal retail market
or a festival, fair, or show?

Take part in the national survey!

Survey closes on 30 June

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Traditional retail markets have a collective turnover of £2.7 billion a year from around 32,000 market traders. This has increased gradually by £200 million year on year since 2013.

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As membership organisations we exist to support our members. To encourage positive change, we will shine a spotlight on best practice and share resources that operators and traders can use to up their game.

The campaign’s website – www.mission4markets.uk – is growing with case studies of market operators and traders – real life examples of success that could inspire you on your traditional retail markets.

65 per cent of traditional retail markets are run by local authorities – public custodians of the marketplace since Victorian times. Around £90 million has been invested into improving markets since 2014.
Renewal depends on a market’s location and the vision of the operator. Local authorities are struggling with radical changes in urban policy and funding cuts, as well as dynamic change in the global retail industry.

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We will undertake a survey every year to assess the health of the industry and continue to lobby for government support for traditional retail markets. Members, let us know your thoughts and concerns.

The NMTF and NABMA will be sharing news about the campaign with their members in regular e-bulletins. Ensure that you keep both organisations up to date with your latest contact details.

01226 749 021

01691 680 713

Mission for Markets is a rallying cry to the entire industry – get involved, share experiences, be open to change and let’s move forward to develop and improve traditional retail markets in the UK!