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Market Trader January 19th, 2018 - In This Week


Traders back management change

Traders at an indoor market hall in a West Yorkshire town have welcomed a change of management at the event.

Turn to page 2 for more.


London Chat - London Markets Board Launched

If you want to announce a new initiative and get some publicity for it the Wednesday before Christmas is probably not the best time. But that was the date chosen by Mayor Sadiq Kahn to launch – well after the planned date – the new London Markets Board.

Read more on page 6.


Green light at last

Wakefield’s £3m market hall is a step closer to being turned into a cinema complex after planning permission was finally granted by the council.

Page 10 has the full story.


Festive fallout

Christmas can be a wonderful time of year, but the growing commercialism of the festive season comes at a price . . ..

See page 14 for more information.


Buying now for Christmas

More than one in three Brits received at least one Christmas gift they didn’t like, but three quarters say that they would never tell the person who gave it to them, according to new research from Halifax.

Please look at page 15 for the full details.


New owners have big plans

The new bosses of a West Midlands market have vowed to restore it to its former glory in 2018.

Look at page 19 for the rest of the story.


Contractor awarded market move

The £4.9m job of creating Wolverhampton’s new city centre market has been awarded to building firm Speller Metcalfe..

The full article is on page 20.

Market Trader January 5th, 2018 - In This Week


Market to go private

It was reported in December that a market in a Lancashire town is to be put out to tender to be run by a private company under new plans by council chiefs.

Turn to page 2 for more.


London Chat

Just about six months after the terrorist attack Borough Market announced a small low key Christmas Lights switch on ceremony, where visitors could also enjoy a special festive installation, themed around protection, inclusion and timelessness. The fruit, herbs and spices that featured in the installation were all sourced from Borough Market traders. Each element had its own meaning: cinnamon for protection, rosemary for remembrance, oranges for good fortune. Collectively they captured the riot of colours, smells and human engagement found at Borough Market.

Read more on pages 6&7.


Best UK Christmas market

Manchester Christmas Markets were voted the best in the UK in a recent online poll to find Europe’s best Christmas market.

Page 10 has the full story.


Market Reflections

Another one bites the dust! If you recall last month I was banging on – does he ever do anything else I hear you cry – about the near impossibility of creating a ‘retail destination’ from scratch.

See pages 14&15 for more information.


Markets in the year ahead

Making predictions can be a dangerous business, particularly if those forecasts could affect the way people behave. Predicting a heatwave on June 21 can leave people baying for your blood if they’ve driven all the way to the seaside only to spend the day sitting in the car watching the rain bounce off the promenade.

Please look at page 19 for the full details.


Spring Fair sets out its stalls for 2018 and beyond

UK markets are experiencing a renaissance as shoppers come back to them for their vitality, atmosphere, value for money and sheer diversity; and councils increasingly recognise community cohesion that markets can bring.

Please look at pages 20&21 for the full details.


Another festive season closes . . .

... and we take a pictorial look back at a couple of the Christmas markets we visited in 2017

Look at page 22 for the rest of the story.


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