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28 NMTF AGM & CONFERENCE • JUNE 2019 NMTF top table change, and
two new board members
AGM and annual conference held in Hull
 MICHAEL NICHOLSON is the NMTF’s new National President.
He succeeds John Dyson, who stood down at the AGM at the DoubleTree by Hilton in Hull, but who remains on the top table after being voted in as President-Elect by a substantial majority.
And two newly-elected board members bring youth and experience to the table.
Veteran trader Peter Gott and young fruit and veg trader Ryan Davis were voted on to the board alongside re-elected member Mike Riley.
Peter Gott followed in the family tradition and started on Barrow-in- Furness Market in Cumbria nearly 50 years ago.
He has a farm in Cumbria where he rears wild boar and was one of the early traders on London’s iconic Borough Market, trading there for 17 years. He also works as a consultant and has appeared on TV, thanks to his knowledge and expertise of food markets.
Ryan is a young trader on Doncaster Market in South Yorkshire, but he is also involved in his partner’s confectionery business trading up and down the country at food festivals and county fairs.
A fourth-generation greengrocer, Ryan said: “As a young active trader, I hope to bring some new and exciting ideas to the NMTF. I believe that with the right encouragement, the next generation of entrepreneurs will start on our markets.”
Michael Nicholson and John Dyson
   Peter Gott and Ryan Davis
Mike Riley
 Retiring Chairman John Dyson strikes an upbeat note
RETIRING NMTF Chairman and President John Dyson struck an optimistic note in his report to the AGM.
It came at the end of his three-year presidency and chairmanship of NMTF Ltd since its inception in July 2016.
Having travelled to markets across the country, John, who trades on Beverley, Pocklington and Cottingham markets in Yorkshire, said that although times were tough, he was heartened by
how upbeat many traders were.
“I think there is reason for cautious optimism
as there are signs emerging that the tide is turning away from online buying and back to the real world,” he said.
“It came as no surprise recently that one of the major supermarket chains announced they were closing their in-store delicatessens.
“Because the discerning buyer of cheese or
cooked meats would certainly prefer to buy from one of those experts on a market.”
Summing up the difference, John said: “Supermarkets are for convenience.
“Markets are places where people want to browse and take their time over purchases.”
John thanked the new President Michael Nicholson, his fellow board members, and the NMTF staff for their support during his presidency.
 We’ll keep on campaigning, says NMTF CEO
A SUBSTANTIAL deficit in the 2018 accounts had made the NMTF more determined than ever to sustain its campaigns and projects to safeguard the industry as a whole, CEO Joe Harrison told members in his annual report.
The streamlining of the Executive Board that came about from becoming a not for profit limited company in July 2016 had proved to be extremely efficient, allowing the NMTF to be more
effective as a members’ organisation, he said.
“But, and unfortunately there is always a but, our membership has continued to fall,” he added.
The decline had been less than in 2017 but it was still a reduction.
“Again this has been largely due to the fact that people have either retired or have decided to close their businesses.
“Of course this is against the backdrop of what can only be
described as a frighteningly large downturn in the whole of the traditional retail sector.”
Nevertheless the NMTF continued to work positively for its members and the whole of the markets industry.
“I’m the eternal optimist, always promoting positivity, and we will endeavour during 2019 to maintain or even increase our membership.”
View the CEO’s full report online:
Joe Harrison

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