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Market Trader May 25th, 2018 - In This Week


New market for Surrey town

Alongside fruit, flowers and a smattering of exotic food, Prosecco, paintings and antiques will be on offer when a new market opens in Surrey at the end of May.

Turn to page 2 for more.


London Chat

There is a sound about Olympia when a successful and busy trade show is on – it’s a sort of background hum of chatter, mixed with the patter of footfall, mixed with the gentle throbbing of assembled computer equipment and miscellaneous plant all echoing off the glass roof. If it’s missing the show is in all likelihood a dud – if it’s there exhibitors will have smiles on their faces.

Read more on page 6.


New national awards for retail

Research shows that a happy, motivated retail workforce is linked to satisfied and loyal customers, which in turn leads to business success. The achievements of this workforce and their business success will be celebrated at a brand new event called the Inspired Awards.

Page 10 has the full story.


Market Reflections - Brighton own goal

I don’t know whether Brighton fruit and veg worker Pat Mears was really a nuisance parking in loading bays at the city’s London Road gaff leading to the loss of his licence as we reported a few weeks ago. Perhaps he was in the wrong, probably he was. Neither do I suspect the operator to have acted outside their powers in the case – no doubt they followed the correct procedures throughout.

See page 14 for more information.


HMRC warns on tax refund scams

HMRC is calling on people to stay vigilant in the fight against fraudsters, who are using email and text messages to scam them out of their savings.

Please look at page 19 for the full details.


Raise a toaster to the bride

In contrast to a report featured in our last issue which claimed that increasing numbers of people are opting for money as a wedding gift, an alternative survey suggest that the custom of traditional gift-giving remains undiminished

Look at page 22 for the rest of the story.

Market Trader May 11th, 2018 - In This Week


Suspended sentence for fakes seller

A Leicestershire retailer dishonestly sold tens of thousands of counterfeit garments bearing fake logos relating to rock bands and American sports teams, a court heard.

Turn to page 2 for more.


London Chat - NABMA on the Road

NABMA’s London regional Road Show is scheduled for Tuesday 29th May at Petticoat Lane. The event will be a great opportunity to find out what other markets are doing up and down the country. There will be a short campaign communications workshop, a chance to catch up on NABMA policy updates and hear from the NMTF about their projects.

Read more on pages 6&7.


New food court plans for market

A Derbyshire market looks set to receive a shot in the arm with the introduction of a contemporary food offer to help boost business.

Page 10 has the full story.


There could be trouble ahead for UK gift retailers

Retailers in the UK must respond to changing consumer attitudes by offering a range of low-price personalised gifting options to drive trade in the long-suffering wedding gift market, according to GlobalData, a leading data and analytics company.

See page 14 for more information.


Award for making customers smile

Shopping centre landlord intu has won the ‘Best use of PR’ category in the Marketing Excellence Awards, for a campaign that saw the world’s smallest ice cream van deliver moments of joy to millions of people across its 14 popular retail destinations last summer.

Please look at page 15 for the full details.


Busker too loud

A Lincolnshire town’s mayor was left bemused after hearing that a street musician had been asked to move on following an objection from a member of the public.

Look at page 16 for the rest of the story.


Market business hits 70 year milestone

2018 is a special year for a pet supplies business in a North East city as the firm is celebrating 70 years of trading.

The full article is on page 19.


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