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MARKET TIMES • FEBRUARY 2020 29 The long and important relationship
between NABMA and the NMTF
  By DAVID PRESTON NABMA Chief Executive
WRITING this article over the Christmas period, I reflected on some of the memories and achieve- ments that made 2019 such a suc- cessful year for NABMA. Alongside our work programme this had been a year of celebrating our centenary and remembering the people, decisions and proud history of the organisation.
To commemorate this landmark occasion, we produced a NABMA 100 brochure that portrays some of
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the people, events and decisions that have shaped the NABMA of today. In doing the research for that brochure, I spent many hours look- ing at the archives and scrap books, and what was clear was that the re- lationship between NABMA and the NMTF has been long, very im- portant and, when joined up, has been a powerful lobbying voice when the markets industry has faced challenge and threat.
Looking to 2020 then I believe it very important for our two organi- sations to build on our close rela- tionship. We have our respective roles and decision makers to always respect, but we have much common ground, to jointly badge events and iniatives to reach the widest audi- ence, and create the most signifi- cant impact.
Already, at the start of 2020, with a new Government, it has resulted in NABMA and NMTF working to- gether and promoting a Markets Manifesto of aspirations and action to boost markets for operators and traders alike. Headline matters focus on business rates; young peo- ple and start up business; markets and the high street; investment help for historic market buildings and
the potential of establishing re- gional market boards. Both organi- sations support and attend the All-Party Parliamentary Markets Group, and have supporters in both the Commons and the Lords. It is therefore important that we now ef- fectively use these influences to promote market issues.
I am grateful to Joe Harrison and Roy Holland for their support in my early days as Chief Executive of NABMA.
We have put together a pro- gramme of shared initiatives for 2020 bringing together operator and trader knowledge, and experi- ence. The NMTF has already been part of the judging panel for the Great British Market Awards. Our Regional Conferences in the spring will be themed around Markets – Back to Basics. Each event will be located at a market with a story to tell.
Maybe it will be a winner from the Great British Market Awards, or perhaps a market that has received investment, or is included in a town or city centre that has attracted High Street funding.
We will be joining up with the NMTF to jointly promote this se- ries of events to share the operator and trader perspectives on life at the chosen markets.
Year on year, great pride is taken by NABMA in promoting good practice alongside celebrating the very best markets, and the most successful and respected market people.
The highly acclaimed NABMA Great British Market Awards recog- nise the success of many markets that make a significant impact within their local community.
Our Blachere Illumination UK sponsored awards recognise the Best Market Team, Innovation and Manager of the Year.
The highest accolade is the Krys Zasada Award for outstanding ser- vice to the industry.
In each of these awards the role and influence of the market trader is fundamental.
The successful markets are al- ways a true partnership between traders and operator, and evidence of that partnership in each nomina- tion is essential.
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  Another long-standing partner- ship between NABMA and the NMTF has been 10 years of support for Real Deal. As an initiative of the National Markets Group for IP Pro- tection (NMG), the Real Deal Fake Free Markets Charter reassures consumers that they can expect to buy only genuine brands and qual- ity goods when they shop at any local market, car boot sale or sell- ing group displaying the Real Deal logo.
In that period some 500 Markets have signed up to be part of the campaign. There is still much more work to do, and NABMA and the NMTF have leading roles to play.
The markets agenda in 2020 will be dominated by the government support and investment in the high street. With markets now proven to be in the top 25 influences for cre- ating vibrant and vital town and city centres, then we each have an
important advocacy role to con- tinue.
I believe therefore that markets can enter 2020 with optimism and excitement. We are on the radar of decision makers, and the commu- nity and economic value of markets is understood. There is a door that is open, but we must work together and share good practice.
As the high street is challenged to produce leadership, then we must also seek to achieve the highest standards for our markets through ongoing professional development, and working together, and with our market partners.
This is a shared responsibility be- tween traders, operators and both the NMTF and NABMA.
I look forward to working with the NMTF team in 2020 and shar- ing what is a challenging, but very exciting period for markets across the UK.

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