The winners of this year’s KPR Midlink ‘Great British Market Awards’ competition, organised by Nabma, were announced at the Nabma ‘Mission for Markets’ conference at the Council House, Birmingham on 29th January.

The 13 categories were:

‘Britain’s Favourite Market’ (being the result of a public on-line vote and this year saw a record breaking 110,338 votes).

Best Love Your Local Market Event

Best Large Indoor Market

Best Small Indoor Market

Best Large Outdoor Market

Best Small Outdoor Market

Best Large Community /Parish Market

Best Small Community/ Parish Market

Best Large Speciality Market

Best Small Speciality Market

Best Food Market

Best Market Attraction

Once again, there was a vast amount of entries submitted for this year’s awards that the judges felt further categories should be added. This is why you will have seen some new ones listed above. The judging panel consisted of Nabma Chief Executive, Graham Wilson; Commercial Writer of Market Trade News, Tim Cole; Nabma’s Project Officer, John Perriton; Nabma President, Cllr Mick Barker and Jeremy Bradin of Sponsors KPR Midlink. Presented at the Council House Birmingham, the KPR Midlink
‘Great British Market Awards’ winners were: 

Ashton Under Lyne MarketBritain’s Favourite Market Ashton-Under-Lyne

Best Love Your Local Market Event Stockton High Street and Haverhill Youth Market 

Best Large Indoor Market Swansea Indoor Market 

Best Small Indoor Market Stockport Market Hall
and Pontefract (joint winners)

Best Large Outdoor Market Keswick Market 

Best Small Outdoor Market Kingston Ancient Market 

Best Large Community/Parish Market Sandbach Charter Market 

Stockton High Street MarketBest Small Community/Parish Market Myddleton Road Market

Best Large Speciality Market Belfast Christmas Market 

Best Small Speciality Market Oswestry Christmas Music Live 

Best Wholesale Market St James’s Wholesale Market 

Best Food Market Leicester Market Food Hall 

Best Market Attraction Bury Market

nabma market award winnersJeremy Bradin, Director of award sponsors, KPR Midlink Ltd, commented,
“The entries this year, yet again, show the tremendous effort markets staff put into their work, and the diversity of the markets offer out there at the moment. There were an increasing number of private market entries alongside the local authority entries which indicates a broadening interest in the competition which can only be good for everyone involved in it.”

Graham Wilson added,
“Nabma is delighted by the continuing success of the Great British Market Awards. This year’s list of winners has some familiar faces but also some new markets who have not featured before. There are also some excellent markets who sadly did not figure among the list of winners and I hope that they will not be discouraged from entering again. What the competition shows is that we have some great markets serving local communities.”

TimCole, Commercial Writer of MTN, finished off by saying,
“It is always such a pleasure to be part of the judging panel and I enjoy going through all the fantastic entries. The Great British Market Awards are a great way to recognise all the hard work that goes into markets daily in the UK.”