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  Market Times • October 2013
nominations for nMTF’s prestigious annual awards
 ONCE again it’s time to invite nominations for the National Market Traders Federation’s annual awards — the John Carter/Harry Cross Memorial Cup, the Market Manager of the Year, and the NMTF/Harry Cross Student Grant.
The memorial cup will go to anyone judged to have done the most for market traders over and above the normal call of duty. Anyone involved in the markets industry can be nominated (with the exception of Executive Board members).
If you know someone you believe is worthy of the honour, send details, including a brief summary of what he or she has done, to the federation at Hampton House to arrive no later than March 14 2014.
The cup was introduced in 1988 in memory of John Carter, a well-known pitcher.
The name of Past President Harry Cross was added when he died in the mid-nineties.
The Executive Board will consider the nominations at a meeting prior to the AGM.
The Dennis Williams Memorial Trophy for Market Manager of the year is named after an NMTF Past President and Honorary Life Member who died in November 2009, was highly respected throughout the markets industry, and was a tower of strength to the federation’s Executive over many years.
Officers nominated need not be the market manager — superintendents, supervisors, inspectors — indeed anyone in a day-to-day managerial role can be nominated.
So do you know an officer who goes that extra mile, perhaps beyond the call of duty?
If so, all you have to do is tell us, in no more than 200 words, why you think that person deserves the honour.
Entries can be sent via email to or by post to the Publicity Department, National Market Traders Federation, Hampton House, Hawshaw Lane, Hoyland, Barnsley, S74 0HA.
Please do not forget to include your name, the nominee’s name and title, the market on which he or she works and your contact details.
The deadline is March 14 2014.
The 2014 NMTF/Harry Cross Student Grant is available to the son or daughter of a member of the National Market Traders Federation who has completed one term or semester at a British University. The closing date for applications is March 31 2014. The grant was set up by the family of the late Harry Cross, a Past President of the federation, with additional contributions from the federation and the Stockport and Fairs branches. While the grant is not large it is sufficient to purchase books or equipment.
For an application pack please contact Cathey Clay on 01226 352815, email
Malcolm Pattison, 2013 recipient of the John Carter/Harry Cross Cup
 Jackie Casey, Market Manager of the year 2013 with NMTF President Michael Nicholson
A new market for Newhaven
 A NEW market in Newhaven has got off to a flying start — but the organisers are realistic that it will remain a work in progress for some time to come.
Newhaven Chamber of Commerce launched the market on the high street with £10,000 from the Mary Portas scheme and they are hoping it will bring the south coast town to life on Thursdays and Saturdays.
Market manager Gillian Smith succeeded in launching the first street market within a month of the chamber receiving the £10,000 funding.
“Newhaven had a couple of stalls on a Thursday, but we believe a new revived market will breathe new life into the town and benefits local businesses, market traders and local people,” she said.
Gillian is passionate about markets and managed to attract 22 stalls to stand the first market, selling everything from crocodile burgers to arts and crafts.
“I am really pleased with the way the market has started out,” she said. “Everybody is supporting the initiative, but I know it will be a long haul to keep it going through
the winter and establish it as a vibrant, sustainable market,” she added.
Newhaven is a seaside town and port surrounded by attractive countryside and farms.
Gillian is hoping to attract traders selling fish and farm produce, and she says arty, crafty people living in the area have expressed an interest in getting involved.
“There is a lot of potential and there is already a lot of buzz on market days,” she said.
Realistically, Thursdays are
likely to be more traditional market days with fewer stalls. But Saturdays have proved vibrant market days and Gillian is already developing some imaginative ideas to boost the market.
Market traders from Dieppe provided a French element to the market recently, and they have invited UK traders to visit their market to trade for a day, Gillian said.
Anyone interested in getting involved in Newhaven market can contact Gillian on 01273 517544.

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