THE GOVERNMENT has announced a raft of initiatives in response to the Portas Review (which the Blog looked at in February in relation to an Online Town Centre) one of which is a National Market Day.
Love Your Local Market, National Market Day will operate from Saturday 23rd June – Sunday 8th July 2012 and is an opportunity to shout about and raise the profile of local markets. The events are also seen as an opportunity to promote local enterprise and start-up businesses by providing a “stall for a tenner” – or at least opportunities for local people to be able to trade on a market stall for the first time and potentially start a business.
The events are being coordinated by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF).
NABMA offers this advice about the National Market Day:
“Get the Leader of the Council to visit the local market. Invite the MP. Use the opportunity to cement the relationship between the local market and the community. Do a survey about what people think about the market. Make special offers on the day to get people to use the market. Provide local organisations with the chance to use empty stalls to show that the market is a community asset. Do something different to show the market can be innovative. The list is endless and you do not need to spend a lot of money.”
On Wednesday 20th June or Wednesday 4th July 2012 then perhaps there is an opportunity for Hedon to do something special to promote its 800 year old market tradition?