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 New-look NMTF website soon — and members will enjoy free online listings!
A NEW website feature announced at the AGM will give NMTF members the opportunity to promote their businesses to an increasing number of web surfers.
NMTF CEO Joe Harrison said the federation had been told by Google that there had been a 3,000 per cent increase over five years in searches for “market near me”.
As part of the redesign of its
website the federation had bought the domain name “marketnearme” and it would be replacing the popular Find A Market feature with Market Near Me in order to capitalise on the searches people were making.
Chris Savage, the NMTF’s projects manager, said that by logging on and working through the fields, NMTF members would be able to create live listings for their
businesses on all the markets where they traded.
Anyone searching for a market would be able to see the listings once they had selected an individual market, he added.
Members — watch out for an email letting you know when this service goes live. Have your membership password to hand and take just a few minutes to get your business listed on your markets!
   NMTF Benevolent Fund
NOW in its 76th year, the NMTF’s Benevolent Fund is continuing to offer financial support to traders who have fallen on hard times.
Fund Committee chairman Michael Nicholson said that in the past year it had given £2,372 in total, as well as the £500 John Carter/Harry Cross student grant. Established in memory of two well- known and much liked market traders, the grant is open to the children of market traders who are studying and should be spent on items such as books they need for their course.
Board reluctantly agrees subs increase
AS A RESULT of a deficit of £233,000 recorded in the NMTF’s 2018 annual accounts the Executive Board has reluctantly decided to increase the annual subscription for a single membership to £140.
The increase, which comes into effect on July 1, was agreed unanimously by the board against a background of diminishing membership numbers caused largely by a contraction of the industry (see CEO’s report opposite).
CEO Joe Harrison explained to the board that although there would be cost savings this year through the loss of staff who would not be replaced they still needed to address the subscription rate.
At the same time the NMTF will be looking at further ways of enhancing membership benefits such as the free markets database listing that will soon be offered to all members (see above).
Pro rata increases will be £210 for a dual membership, £280 for a triple membership and £350 for a quadruple membership.
Joe Harrison said: “If board members felt they could have avoided an increase they would have done just that. But we are confident that if members take advantage of this new, free website listing service the promotion they get will more than cover the subscription increase.”
    A HIGHLIGHT of the conference is the presentation of the Market Manager of the Year award — this year it went to Chris Cotton, who is responsible for two large markets in Huddersfield and the 400-stall Dewsbury Market in West Yorkshire.
Chris (pictured receiving the award from President Michael Nicholson) began his working life down the pit and found his voice during the miners’ strike.
He went into the markets industry, initially working for Wakefield Council before moving to Kirklees in 2003.
Celebrating NMTF’s 120th
anniversary with lively
Hull conference
AS you will see over the next four pages the NMTF’s Conference in Hull was a busy and action-packed event, with highlights including a panel of young entrepreneurs giving their youthful slant on market trading, and traders and operators from all over the country contributing to the debates.
The conference, themed Innovation in the Marketplace, heard from speakers on topics ranging from markets in Hull and Cumbria to a new digital platform aiming to boost local and market shopping.
He has worked in operational and management roles and now runs a portfolio of markets on seven sites.
Recent innovations on Huddersfield’s Queensgate Market include the Temporary Contemporary initiative which has introduced art works alongside market staples.
In the future he is keen to see more young traders set up stall on his and other markets and he is supportive of initiatives such as the NMTF’s Young Traders Market.
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