23 Jun What happened for #LYLM2015 – get the facts
The UK Markets industry enjoyed the most successful Love Your Local Market campaign yet in fine May sunshine, and for the first time joined by 16 countries across the world.
1,200 markets in England, Wales and Ireland spent a fortnight in May participating in the high profile, Love Your Local Market campaign led by the National Association of British Market Authorities, with full support from Government and the wider markets industry.
On his first visit, new Minister for Town Centres, High Streets and Markets, Marcus Jones MP visited Stoke on Trent to discover how the campaign raises awareness for the markets industry and offers a test-bed for new businesses, saying “This Government is proud to back Love Your Local Market which is giving hundreds of people a chance to turn their hand at business and nurture their entrepreneurial spirit. I’d like to thank NABMA and all those traders and markets who made this year’s event a success. Love Your Local Market is now in 17 countries and going from strength to strength.”
An estimated 3,800 events took place over the fortnight between May 13th – 27th that included the creation of Teenage Markets being held in multiple locations from Barnsley, Stockport, Salisbury and Sleaford. The Teenage Market was started by two brothers up in Stockport and the concept licensed to local authorities and Town Teams, but other locations are also holding youth markets, including Manchester and Bury St Edmonds, in order to encourage young people to be entrepreneurial and set up their own businesses.
The Love Your Local Market campaign, promotes all of this and more. We have a rich history of markets in the UK and with questions around traceability, sustainability and a need to support and encourage new business, markets offer a chance to boost local economies and strengthen communities, so the message is simple – find your local market and love it.
“Love Your Local Market is the biggest market event in a generation and we are very grateful for the support from Government over the past four years which has enabled us to deliver the biggest ever celebration of markets, and enabled many hundreds of people to start trading in the UK.” Says Graham Wilson OBE, Chief Executive of the National Association of British Market Authorities. “Starting in the UK, LYLM has now gone into 16 countries across the world . We are proud to have worked alongside our sponsors and special thanks go to Groupe Geraud for helping us achieve this. Markets are an important part of local communities and give people the chance of a new career.”
In September, organisers are once again asking the industry to put on a show of strength. Partnering with British Food Fortnight, between September 19th and October 4th expect to see our market towns, market places, streets and halls celebrating the best of British food.