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  Market Times • June 2014
NEWS
Ashton-under-Lyne market scoops UK’s Greenest Market award
ASHTON-UNDER-LYNE market has been named the UK’s Greenest Market for the second year running, in the National Market Traders Federation’s How Green Is Your Market? competition.
The competition, which aims to find the UK’s greenest market and greenest trader, received a record number of entries, all of which proved that markets are getting greener every year.
After fending off competition from markets up and down the country, which were all setting the gold standard for being green, the Tameside market managed to win the prestigious title once more.
Deputy Executive Leader, Coun John Taylor, who is responsible for markets said: “Tameside Council has a long-term commitment to reducing the borough’s carbon footprint as well as helping local residents and businesses to take steps to lead more environmentally friendly lives and this latest award helps to continue to highlight these efforts.
The success and recognition in both national award schemes is a testament to the enthusiasm, innovation and hard work being ploughed into the much loved Ashton Market to ensure it is vibrant, attractive and sustainable for the future.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank traders and staff for their drive and commitment and —
importantly — shoppers for their ongoing, loyal support.”
The runners-up in the greenest market category were Dursley Farmers market in Gloucestershire. Rosie Coates, the organiser of Dursley Farmers market said: “We are a small market and this is a really big achievement.”
The winners of the Greenest Trader award were Rich and Lou Taylor who run the Beanbug, an organic espresso tricycle. The couple take their pedal- powered barista coffee to a variety of different markets and food festivals.
Rich Taylor, the creator of Beanbug, barista and cyclist said:
“We are incredibly proud that we are able to show how it is possible for a business to be green and successful. We have thought about our responsibility to the environment at every stage of the process, from the build of the coffee trike using off grid solar and wind power to sourcing local, organic and fair trade ingredients, where the coffee is grown to how the Beanbug gets around, to the cups that we use. We have done our best because we wholeheartedly care about the planet and we are thrilled that our efforts have been recognised by the NMTF and our customers.”
NMTF Chief Executive Joe Harrison, who was also one of the competition judges, said: “Judging was very difficult due to the high standard of entrants for both the greenest market and greenest trader categories. We were extremely impressed with how Ashton-under- Lyne had developed and improved on green initiatives from the previous year.
“We were blown away by the greenest trader winners Rich & Lou Taylor. Their business is extremely impressive and we feel many traders could learn from the green way in which they run their business.”
 Ian gets on his bike for charity
Hoyland market
move is on the
cards
PLANS are in the pipeline to move Hoyland market near Barnsley back into the centre of town.
The market, which is close to the headquarters of the National Market Traders Federation, has been struggling for many years at its current site.
Barnsley Council has been working with the developer Resilienti on a major scheme that will see the market move into the centre of the town.
The development will include improvements to the square, a new set of market stalls, and a car park for 80 cars on the site of the old health centre.
The Tameside market team were presented with their trophy by NMTF President, Michael Nicholson
   LINCOLNSHIRE market trader and NMTF member Ian Johnson is taking part in the first stage of this year’s Tour de France to raise money for Breakthrough Breast Cancer.
Ian, who sells furniture on Sleaford and Spalding markets, will be cycling 120 miles on the route through Yorkshire.
The challenging route starts in Leeds on July 4th and includes several high peak climbs before ending up in Harrogate.
Ian is taking part in memory of
three recently lost and much loved family members, his mother, his uncle Norman,who was a keen amateur cyclist with Liverpool Centurion club, and his cousin, Pamela, who died, aged 30,from breast cancer.
Ian aims to raise £600.
If you would like to make a donation, please visit him on his stalls at Sleaford and Spalding or donate online through the JustGiving website by going to www.justgiving.com/Ian- Johnson24 .
Ian Johnson
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