The Mary Portas Review on High Streets

The Mary Portas Review on High Streets

Mary Portas was commissioned by the Government to put forward proposals for revitalising the High Street. In her report Mary made particular reference to the role of markets and acknowledged that markets can be a significant economic driver in achieving success. She also highlighted how markets can provide opportunities for new start businesses and encouraged establishment of a National Market Day to profile the role of markets.

NABMA, The Association of Town and City Management, FARMA and Country Markets in collaboration with the National Market Traders Federation, the Local Government Association and the National Association of Local Councils is supporting various proposals for a National Market Day and we are encouraging all market operators to take the opportunity of holding an event during the period 23rd June – 8th July 2012.

We recognise that markets are held at different days and on a periodic basis and therefore we cannot have one single National Market Day. Hence the opportunity for market operators to celebrate National Market Day during the extended period of 23rd June – 8th July 2012. While we want to focus on attracting new market traders it is also important that markets are seen as being at the heart of the local community. They are a valuable community asset and, in many places, provide the focal point of the town centre. Against this background we want to promote National Market Day within the wider context of “Love your Local Market”. We want to use the opportunity to enable people to show affection and support for their market. While markets have a vital retail role, they can provide much more to a local community and provide a much greater and wider experience. The bustle and colour of a successful market is difficult to rival.

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