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Market Times • February 2013
  The going’s good!
Cheltenham Racecourse
Racecourses are setting for NMTF’s new free Markets Industry Roadshows
GROUNDBREAKING Markets Industry Roadshows are under starters orders and will be off and running at Epsom Racecourse in April.
The series of six drop-in sessions are aimed at all people involved in the retail markets industry — councillors, council officers, market traders, town centre managers — and will be a mini-exhibition of what the National Market Traders Federation offers, as well as a place for people to talk about general market issues.
Encouraging start-up traders through its First Pitch competition; nurturing young talent through the Live UnLd Young Trader contest,
and Government-backed work experience and apprenticeships schemes; supporting environmental initiatives with How Green Is Your Market; raising the public’s awareness of the value of market shopping using its Making Markets Matter campaign; publishing its self-help guides for both new and established traders — all this and more will be part of these absolutely free roadshows.
And to make it easy for people to attend the events, which will include a free buffet lunch, the majority are being held at racecourses, where accessibility and free parking are key features.
The roadshows will replace the
annual NMTF conference which has been held over the past five years.
And the idea is to spread the message — not only from the NMTF but from the retail markets industry as a whole — about the importance of markets to the nation, to the economy, and to the vibrancy of town and city centres.
As NMTF Chief Executive Joe Harrison explains: “We have decided we need to reach a much larger audience than we get at our conferences — we need to take the message to the people rather than expecting them to spend money, time and effort in coming to us.
“This will be a chance for anyone
who is concerned about the industry to talk to us, talk to our sponsors — indeed talk to each other, because these will be real networking events.”
Further details will be announced in March, and the NMTF will be in touch with everyone it thinks will be interested in these events.
Dates at the time of going to press are: April 25 — Epsom Racecourse, Surrey; May 2 — Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire; May 9 — Huntingdon Racecourse, Cambridgeshire; May 16 — Warwick Racecourse; May 23 — Manchester Town Hall; May 30 — Pontefract Racecourse, West Yorkshire.
 From rock ’n’ roll to market success
JANETTE Osman is blowing the trumpet for market traders after her business, Rose Green Produce, made the final of the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards run by East Anglia Daily Times.
Janette swapped late nights for early starts when she took over a food business on Sudbury Market in June 2011 following a career as a rock singer and singing teacher.
“I moved to this area six or seven years ago and I got to know the market as a customer,” said Janette.
She loves markets and everything they stand for. “It’s the community thing. Sudbury is a fantastic market with a really good food offering that could compete with the top farmers’ markets,” she said.
“We have a brilliant butcher selling local meat. There is a great cheese business, some wonderful
fruit and veg sellers and a great bread stall. It is so much better than what you can buy in the supermarkets.”
Janette took over an existing business, Rose Green, after the owner had to retire due to an injury. She sells free-range eggs from a local farm, herbs and spices, pulses, whole foods, cake decorations and Chinese ingredients.
“I revamped the business and I have recently started making my own pickles and jams to sell,” said Janette.
She decided to fly the flag for market traders and enter the Suffolk Food and Drink Awards.
“A judge came round to the stall and they looked at the quality of the produce and issues such as customer service.”
Janette was delighted to learn she
Pictured from left to right Lindzee Gannon, Sally Cruddas and Janette Osman
was one of three finalists in the Markets and Market Stalls section of the competition — the other two finalists were local farmers’ markets.
“I would recommend traders to enter some of these competitions
across the country,” she said. “Many market food businesses have wonderful offerings and the publicity it generates helps to spread the word about the quality and value of market shopping.”

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