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Town Mayor with the                                                      Sally Themans                                   Anne Wilson                                      Great British Market 2018 Launch

President of NABMA

On Friday 30th June 2017 s0me 55 delegates from as far and wide as Sheffield, Derby, Tavistock, Calderdale, Bideford-on-Avon, Uttoxeter, Wem, Oswestry, Shrewsbury and Ludlow among other places were welcomed to Bridgnorth by Councillor Chris Rosling-Josephs, National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) President and Rob Smith, Chief Executive, Society of Local Council Clerks (SLCC). Cllr. Ron Whittle, Town Mayor gave a civic welcome to the delegates too.

Sally Themans, Love Bridgnorth  gave a presentation on the recent Bridgnorth Great British High Street Award. Why the entry; what partnerships were involved; what was the involvement of the market and what have been the outcomes?

Anne Wilson, Town Clerk, Bridgnorth Town Council  gave a presentation about the Best Small Speciality Market in the Great British Market Awards 2017. Why are Bridgnorth markets so different; what powers are used and what did the town submit to the Judging Panel to win the category of Best Small Speciality Market 2017 for the Christmas Lighting Up event?

The top right photograph shows the launch of KPR Midlink Great British Market Awards 2018 which were launched at the forum

Graham Wilson OBE, Chief Executive, NABMA launched the NABMA/SLCC Toolkit for Local Council Markets and professionalising markets outlining what it means for local council market,  how do we improve our markets and what lessons and good practice are available?

The conference concluded with  Allan Hartwell, Managing Director, Market Place speaking about tips on what you need to do to get the best results to create and attraction to boost local tourism and the local economy when organising a speciality market

After lunch delegates visited the Charter Market under Bridgnorth Town Hall – many bought goodies to take home and were promising to visit again.