31 Oct Ripponden Community Market
Best Local Council Market
The Ripponden Community Market was born out of the desire of Ripponden Parish Council to increase visitor numbers to the area and in particular to support local business and enterprise during particularly challenging times.
The Parish Council looked at the feasibility of holding quarterly, outdoor markets and partnership working with the local doctors’ surgery identified the surgery car park as being the ideal site for a market – central to the village and capable of holding 20 stalls.
With advice and support from NABMA and Calderdale Council’s markets’ manager, the Parish Council ran its first market in December 2012. Small, with just 8 stalls, the market was a great success. Following a review, and with the commitment and enthusiasm of its partners, stallholders and local businesses, the Parish Council agreed that the market should become a regular feature of Ripponden life. During 2013 the market saw a small and steady increase in stall numbers.
WHAT MAKES THIS MARKET GREAT
In January 2014 the Parish Council put together an entry for the NABMA Market of the Year Award outlining the background and ethos of the market. Ripponden Community Market was awarded Best Local Council Market 2014. In what was a closely contested category, NABMA acknowledged the efforts of the Parish Council and the local community which had made the market a worthy winner.
Ripponden Parish Council, its partners and stallholders alike have seen the award as a welcome endorsement of their hard work and commitment. Stallholders are particularly proud of their involvement with the award winning market. Since the announcement of the award, interest in the market has increased significantly – new stallholders have come on board and the market is now at capacity. Visitor numbers have increased ensuring that stallholders are achieving extremely successful sales and local businesses are seeing the knock-on effect of increased footfall. This is how much online casino works where you have to focus while playing casino games from best casino online sites. Thanks to a great relationship between dedicated staff and traders and a loyal customer base, it’s set to thrive as a living landmark for many years to come.