02 Jun They think it’s all over…. or is it?
[quote author_name=”Graham Wilson” size=”small” style=”simple”]
I am quite clear that LYLM is the biggest and most successful manifestation of the Mary Portas project
[/quote] The markets industry should be proud of the achievements that have been secured in the last twelve months. The statistics make impressive reading. Last year 400 markets. This year 696 markets. Last year 2000 new traders. This year 2800 new traders. While acknowledging that many new traders were just doing it for the day we have attracted almost 5000 new traders to the markets industry and many are still trading successfully. In addition we have seen around the country some wonderful celebrations of what markets can offer to local communities.
All this has been done against a background of diminishing resources and cuts affecting markets around the country. It demonstrates the dedication and enthusiasm of markets people and I pay tribute to everyone who has responded positively to the challenge of LYLM.
Of course while we focus on LYLM during the campaign fortnight it is something that can be used to promote markets throughout the year and many markets are adopting this approach. We have decided to run another LYLM fortnight in 2014 and the dates are May 14th to May 28th. We will continue to build the social media, we will continue to engage with everyone who takes part and we will continue to support new markets to become involved.
Thank you most sincerely to everyone who has backed LYLM 2013. It has been the biggest markets event ever held. Next year? Let’s wait and see but watch this space…..