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  Market Times • December 2015
NMTF incorporation moves a step closer By Joe Harrison NMTF Chief Executive
 I WOULD like to give a brief update with regard to the proposed incorporation of the organisation.
The steering group has met twice since the last edition of Market Times and the final draft of the articles of memorandum has now been distributed to the Executive Board members for their consideration.
The articles will be discussed at the next board meeting on the December 7, where I will be seeking approval for the final draft.
Emma Laycock from Co-
operatives UK, who has been our expert adviser throughout this process, will also be in attendance at the board meeting.
We do intend to table the finished articles at a short EGM which will take place prior to our next AGM, to be held at The Stratford Hotel in Stratford-upon- Avon on Monday April 18 2016.
Details of that meeting can be found on page 23.
It is also my intention to distribute an e-bulletin to all the members that we have email addresses for following the board’s
meeting on the December 7 so that we can inform as many members as possible of the progress on this procedure.
On other matters, the Mission for Markets publication has been launched and all branch secretaries and chairmen will have received a hard copy. Also the website is up and running and can be found at
I do apologise for the brief update but with all the activities going on in the industry this was the only space left in the publication.
I do intend to give a fuller update of federation matters in the next edition, space permitting.
Real Deal fake goods campaign marches on with a double first
 IN THE first joint initiative of its kind in the UK, six neighbouring local councils across North Wales have joined forces to sign up to the Real Deal charter to prevent fake and counterfeit goods being sold on their 16 markets.
And Selby Market in North Yorkshire has been the first in the county to sign up to the Real Deal initiative.
In Wales Real Deal was signed so that the necessary market procedures and advice for traders were in place in the run-up to the busy Christmas shopping season.
The initiative was launched at the Butcher’s Market in Wrexham.
Cour David Kelly, Lead Member for Place — Planning and Public Protection said: “We are fortunate in North Wales to have a large number of excellent markets, of all shapes and sizes, that bring life to our local towns and villages. The response from the region’s market operators to the Real Deal charter has been unanimously supportive.
“Well-run markets, offering genuine bargains, are great for shoppers, local traders and the wider community and anything that helps to preserve that, by keeping out fake goods sellers, is hugely welcomed by the whole market community.”
In Selby the Real Deal charter was signed by Selby Market Manager Gill Bell, with North Yorkshire Trading Standards Officer Gary Frank.
Gill said: “The historic Monday Market is pleased to be part of the Real Deal, offering both traders and shoppers assurance of quality, genuine goods at really competitive prices. The
town council is looking to continually improve the range and diversity of goods on offer.”
Selby Town councillor and North Yorkshire county councillor Steve Shaw-Wright attended the signing.
He said: “By working in partnership with North Yorkshire Trading Standards, we are ensuring an extra level of reassurance to market users and not for the first time leading the way for other markets and councils in listening to our customers and delivering a market steeped in tradition but with modern safeguards.”
Patricia Lennon, coordinator of the Real Deal campaign, said: “Many congratulations to Selby Market on becoming the first market in North Yorkshire to join the Real Deal scheme. By signing the charter, the market can now display
the Real Deal logo, giving an assurance to shoppers and traders that this is a fake-free zone. At the same time, it sends a clear signal to any traders in counterfeit goods that they are not welcome here. The message is that good markets are fake-free markets.”
County Coun Chris Metcalf, portfolio holder for Trading Standards, said: “ Market towns are at the heart of North Yorkshire and its economic development. I am pleased that Trading Standards can work with the market in Selby to ensure it is a safe, fair place for residents and visitors to shop. This will only serve to make the market more attractive and improve customer confidence in the range of goods on offer.”
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