BEST LARGE COMMUNITY MARKET – ENFIELD MARKET
The winner is a charitable trust that operates this market on thrice weekly basis. Working as a trust, some £100,000 was invested in 2015 to regenerate the market which included a dedicated food area and space for live entertainment; turning the market from a loss to profit making. Profits from the market go towards personal educational and community grants, with the total sum reinvested is some £250,000 per year.[hr gap=”1″]
BRITAIN’S FAVOURITE MARKET – LEEDS MARKET
Voted for online with this market narrowly taking the prestigious title of Britain’s Favourite Market from around 100,000 votes cast.
It is one of the largest indoor markets in Europe and described as a shopper’s paradise. It has sat at the heart of the local retail scene since 1857 with businesses spanning generations and representing a wide range of nationalities.
Still the city’s shopping mecca, the market now also plays host to Jamie’s Ministry of Food, continuing the market’s tradition of bringing great quality food and drink to the community and its visitors. It has a lively programme of events and regular speciality markets throughout the week.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST LOVE YOUR LOCAL MARKET EVENT – WARRINGTON
The winner used the campaign to deliver a clear message to customers about the major development works taking place adjacent to the market, that the market remains open for business as usual. With a varied and exciting event calendar, this market went the extra mile to attract sponsorship, had a real attention to detail and was an outstanding success during a down time for the market with the relocation all around.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST LARGE INDOOR MARKET – ST NICHOLAS MARKETS, BRISTOL
A market that operates six days a week including monthly Friday night markets and boasts expanding food outlets. In summary – lots of new ideas and initiatives, a proactive market with a relatively small budget and a lot of successes involving young entrepreneurs.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST SMALL INDOOR MARKET – HARBOROUGH MARKET
A partnership between public and private sector with 45 stalls and occupancy rate of 95%. This market has been part of the social media revolution and has strong community links, a diverse range of activities, significant new starter opportunities and provides flexible space within the central area of the market, with strong evidence of projects geared at environmental sustainability.
BEST LARGE OUTDOOR MARKET – ROTHERHAM STREET MARKET
A market with some 18,000 visitors each day, packed with community events and local support. Their success is demonstrated by the Tuesday Street Market being turned around from the lowest customer footfall per day to the busiest each and every week. This is very much a market at the heart of the community.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST SMALL OUTDOOR MARKET – HEBDEN BRIDGE
This quality market with a great food offer demonstrated significant community involvement and support with both residents and visitors recognising the value of this local market. The market has been an important focal point for this town which was heavily affected by severe flooding. With many businesses unable to trade, the market continued to regenerate the town with further additional markets being operated to revitalise the town, promote community wellbeing and encourage visitors.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST LARGE SPECIALITY MARKET – TALL SHIPS BELFAST 2015
Strong competition existed in this category. The winner was recognised as providing a very special, spectacular and unique event that showcased this market to the world. It gave huge attention to detail in its delivery, even moving and replacing infrastructure. The market even included the provision of a 20×25 metre beach with huts doubling as trader’s chalets. Without doubt, this market went the extra mile in every aspect of its delivery. Locally, nationally and internationally this market excelled.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST SMALL SPECIALITY MARKET – THE ALTERNATIVE MARKET
This reflects upon a market of young entrepreneurs and was a standout application in this category. It takes the teenage market concept forward to the next level, providing a market of young entrepreneurs that is a beacon example that many may wish to follow. The market has strong links with local educational establishments looking to get young entrepreneurs trading at permanent markets then eventually into town centre retail units on the high street.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST LARGE FOOD MARKET – BOROUGH MARKET
A market that is iconic and operated by a charitable trust with 117 stalls and 100% occupancy rate. In just 12 months it has gained an additional 20,000 followers on Twitter taking its following to 50,000 followers and some 65,000 followers on Facebook. It is celebrating a 1,000 year campaign of markets on the south side of the River Thames and has wonderful links with community, partners and friends. It is nationally, internationally and worldwide famous but above all it is not complacent, continually driving standards, change and challenge alongside reinvestment.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST SMALL FOOD MARKET – ELECTRIC NIGHTS STREETFOOD
This is an exciting market that enhances the local night time economy with copious local support, trader interest and changing themes. Involving local community groups, it provides a welcoming fun evening out in the town centre for all the family, in a safe environment. Advertising and marketing is extensively through social media and the partnership approach has brought about free town centre car parking. This market supports and promotes local food and drink vendors and musicians from the South West.[hr gap=”1″]
BEST MARKET ATTRACTION – DUKE OF YORK SQUARE PARTRIDGES MARKET
Arguably the most difficult section to judge in the competition with so many wonderful market attractions to discuss. This market is private owned and family run, with the sole aim of supporting startup startup companies and artisans to launch and grow their business. A pioneering ‘Startisans’ scheme is established and strong emphasis applies on working with new businesses and continuing to help them grow. This is a significant award winning market that has supported several hundred start-ups many of which have gone on to open their own premises or supply prestigious shops around the capital.
BEST WHOLESALE MARKET – GLASGOW WHOLESALE MARKET – BLOCHAIRN
Scotland’s only wholesale market has been perceived as a phoenix rising from the ashes with significant investment and management change. It offers excellent environmental successes and partnerships working closely with the City Council’s education departments, where even nursery school children visit the market to see where produce comes from. It handles two million tonnes of produce from around the world each year.
BEST SMALL COMMUNITY MARKET – TETTENHALL MAKE IT AND BAKE IT MARKET
This market began in 2014, has 35 traders and is almost exclusively promoted on social media. Throughout the application, the tremendous enthusiasm is evident. The market has made great progress since its inception, everything is achieved through effort and care and there is a real desire to integrate the market with local businesses. Significant support is also given to local charities This market is regarded as ‘a brilliant showcase for the extraordinary talents of the traders themselves.’
Editor’s Note: Competition was fierce this year and there were some outstanding entries. Please do not be disheartened if you didn’t win this time, there just wasn’t enough categories to award everyone that deserved to win! We look forward to receiving your submissions next year..!