Local Markets, Local Councils and the High Street – Free Webinar – 2 September


Thursday 2 September, 10:00am – 1:00pm


Completely Free!

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The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) is delighted to present another joint event with SLCC. Markets are recognised by the government to be one of the top factors that can influence vibrant and vital town centres and, as restrictions ease, more local councils are delivering their local markets and associated events to boost their local economy, tourism and town centre footfall.

This virtual event will feature case studies from local councils who operate markets with a license from a principal council and those developing a markets strategy and extending their local market offer. The case studies will also be detailed in the new NABMA publication which will be launched at the event.



9.30 Welcome and Introduction – David Preston, NABMA Chief Executive and Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive

9.40 Parish, Town and Community Council Markets Manual – Graham Wilson, NABMA Legal and Policy Consultant. Launch of updated version on NABMA’s Manual highlighting all the important aspects of market powers and operational issues including relationships with Unitary and District Councils.

10.05 Working with a District Council – Sue Young, Markets Manager, Forest Row Parish Council. Forest Row Parish Council illustrate how working with a District Council can bring positive benefits to the quality of a markets service.

10.30 Markets making a positive difference – Arren Roberts, Town Clerk, Oswestry Town Council. Oswestry Town Council explain the difference between market days and non market days and how market days bring vibrancy, noise and bustle and a real sense of community engagement.

11.00 Break

11.15 Improving The Market Offer – Terry Jordan, Town Clerk, Wisbech Town Council. Wisbech Town Council have introduced a number of new and innovative ideas to get people to visit their Market with considerable success. We share their good practice.

11.40 Markets Inspiring A Community – Annie Child, City Clerk, Salisbury Town Council. The part played by the Salisbury’s Markets for a city recovering from Novichok and Covid-19.

12.10 Soapbox with speakers – Questions, comments and final thoughts

12.30 Closing remarks

This discussion will be led by:

David Preston, CEO, NABMA

David Preston, CEO NABMA

Rob Smith, SLCC Chief Executive

Rob Smith, Chief Executive SLCC

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