Yesterday, friends from across the country met at Derby’s Market Hall to mark 100 years since the formation of the National Association of British Markets (NABMA).

Derby and Nottingham played an integral role in the formation of NABMA and their subsequent support of local markets across the country, with the first ever meeting taking place here in Derby.

In 1919, the city of Nottingham and the (then) county borough of Derby agreed to hold a conference of all of the Market Authorities from the region. From this conference, NABMA was born, and soon towns and cities from across the Midlands and the north had joined the new association.

Since then, NABMA has grown from strength to strength, overseeing a period when spending in markets almost tripled – from £1.1 billion to £3.1 billion since 2005; pioneering research into markets and their intrinsic value and performance; and coordinating campaigns to promote the UK’s market – like the very successful ‘Love Your Market’ campaign.

At the event yesterday, Councillor Mick Barker, Cabinet Member for Governance and Licensing, and also current President-Elect of NABMA, introduced guests from NABMA, NMTF, Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council.

To mark the occasion, commemorative plates were presented to the Mayor of Derby, and the Honorary Alderman David Poole.

These were commissioned from Royal Crown Derby, and generously sponsored by Managing Director at Market Place Europe
Plates were commissioned from Royal Crown Derby, and generously sponsored by Managing Director at Market Place Europe.

Councillor Barker said:

“It was a privilege to host such an event here in Derby. NABMA has been close to my heart for a long while, and to be perfectly honest I was astonished to hear that such a huge piece of NABMA history – especially one related to our Derby – was not in my repertoire of knowledge! Markets are integral to our towns and cities, and NABMA are part of continuing that legacy. I’m proud to be celebrating 100 years of their being.”

Allan Hartwell, Managing Director at Market Place Europe added:

“Markets are a vital part of our retail. You see multi-national retailers failing, but markets have one thing and they always have done – diversity. They’re a very social environment, and are adding such difference and a choice in products.”

Discussing the rich history of markets, Councillor Harwood, Lord Mayor of Derby, said:

“I cannot emphasise enough the importance of markets to our towns and cities – whether it’s by providing quality, locally sourced produce or handcrafted goods – they are the lifeblood of communities, not only helping to support local businesses, but also bringing together individuals from many different backgrounds under one roof.”

You can read more about NABMA and its brilliant work for local markets online.

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