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  Market Times • December 2015
Managers — go for professional status
ONE of the cornerstones of Mission for Markets (see page 15) is the professionalising of the markets industry so that markets can be sustainable and so that market traders can be supported to compete at a high level in the increasingly complex world of retailing.
The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) — the NMTF’s partner in Mission for Markets — has developed a professional training course and qualification for market managers and those associated colleagues who support the operation and development of markets.
The Diploma in Market Administration (DMA) — validated by the Institute of Place Management/Manchester Metropolitan University — has now been awarded to over 50 candidates who have attended the six one-day courses held at Derby Council House and who have undertaken four assignments to demonstrate their attainment in market administration.
Whilst most of the candidates for the diploma are market staff operating small, medium and large council markets, there are also private operator market staff and — not least — NMTF head office and field support staff who have undertaken the DMA Programme.
Following the success of NMTF Project Manager Chris Savage and his deputy Rachel Harban in gaining the diploma in 2014, this
Chris New
year NMTF field support officers Gina McCormack and Andy Lever have demonstrated they have met the markets industry standard to help them in their support roles for market traders, joining 20 other market industry colleagues in 2015 in gaining the DMA award.
This year diplomas were presented at the NABMA Conference held in Harrogate in September.
The DMA programme is led and moderated by NABMA’s Professional Development Consultant, Chris New, who is known for his long career in the
industry in his roles as Markets General Manager at Wakefield Metropolitan Markets, as Retail Markets Adviser to national representative organisations and as Head of Barnsley Metropolitan Markets, where he led major developments before undertaking consultancy work for many market authorities around the country.
Candidates attending the six one-day DMA courses in Derby (which will be held from February through to June in 2016) receive high quality lecturing from professionals in markets industry
specialisms — and receive significant support in attaining the professional standard.
Subjects range from improving communications with stake- holders, report writing, marketing the markets, trading and food hygiene standards, markets and street trading law, markets safety/risk assessments through to markets technical operations, resource management and partnership working.
Assignments are set and marked by four assessors who are all very senior market managers with extensive experience in managing and developing major market authorities.
Due to the major success of the DMA, early bookings for the 2016 programme are already underway. There are limited places available, so if you are interested in attending you should get in touch soon with Chris (ring 0789 0843 112 or email him at
Chris will send you the DMA handbook containing all you need to know about the programme, together with an application form. The cost of the programme is £1,000 plus VAT, but this can be spread over two years if budgets are tight.
More info on the DMA is on the NABMA website on its training pages.
   NMTF Field Support Officers Andy Lever and Gina McCormack were in the latest group to gain the Diploma in Market Administration

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