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14 FEATURE


MARKET TRADER, FEBRUARY 15 - 28, 2019


A number of markets from across the UK have been celebrating their success in the national Great British Market Awards, the winners of which were announced at a ceremony at Birmingham’s Council House on January 31 Organised by NABMA


Great British Market Awards 2019


British Market Awards, but it is the only one that includes a public vote. Tens of thousands of


(National Association of British Market Authorities) and sponsored by KPR Midlink, The Great British Market Awards celebrate excellence in retail and wholesale markets across the UK. The award for Britain’s Favourite Market is just one of the categories in the Great


people across the UK took the opportunity to vote for their local market, and this was followed up by scrutiny from mystery shopper visits by Storecheckers to evaluate customer service.


The winners


This year Bury Market clinched the prestigious title of Britain’s Favourite Market, beating tough competition from Barnsley, Cardiff, Chester, Leeds, Preston, Skipton, Shrewsbury, St George’s Market Belfast


and Waterside at Stratford Upon Avon, after running a successful online voting campaign to secure public votes to get to the final ten. Celebrated for its variety,


food and entertainment St. George’s Market in Belfast won Best Large Indoor Market. This market has been a constant in the history, tourism and commerce of the city that it serves as a visitor destination, welcoming in excess of one million people each year. Thanks to a combination


of innovation, partnership and investment between the local authority, the market management team, the


Warrington Temporary Indoor Market, winner of Best Small Indoor Market (Photo: Jac S-K)


market traders and shoppers, Warrington Temporary Indoor Market won Best Small Indoor Market. They have taken a journey from an old market to a new market without sacrificing quality, infrastructure or atmosphere. Norwich, winner of the


Norwich Market, winner of the Best Large Outdoor Market category


Best Large Outdoor Market category, can be described as a “phoenix that has risen from the ashes”. The market has demonstrated the power of social media for the market; its work with partners and the local BID; the outreach to young traders; and the


marked increase in footfall and business expansion. A winning combination of


100 percent occupancy and a management team that constantly pushes boundaries and strives to ensure that the market meets the needs of visitors and residents alike, saw Skipton Market take home the Best Small Outdoor Market Award. The winner of the Best Community/Parish Market, North End Road Seasonal Markets, Fulham, is a market with a strong emphasis on place and local people, and


is an exciting example of the local council working with community groups. Year on year attendance figures have demonstrated sustained growth, and the increase in popularity is an example to other authorities in London. Best Large Speciality


Market was awarded to York’s St Nicholas Fair. This winning entry with over 100 stalls has a vibrancy that draws shoppers into the market, and is a major quality attraction for tourism within the city in which it’s located. It is well organised, well promoted


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More protection for Christmas market


Bath’s Christmas market will this year employ “robust” defences to prevent extremists from using vehicles as weapons when the event expands to a new location. Although no specific threat


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to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access. The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced. The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season. “Visit Bath is committed


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to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street it will allow us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


More protection for Christmas market


Bath’s Christmas market will this year employ “robust” defences to prevent extremists from using vehicles as weapons when the event expands to a new location. Although no specific threat


to the city has been identified, Visit Bath, which organises the market, wants to place 24 chalets and two food stalls along the city’s Milsom Street for 18 days this winter, and again in 2019, and only ambulances, police cars and fire engines will be allowed access. The move has been prompted by major renovation works, some of which are already underway, in Abbey Churchyard, Kingston Parade and around Bath Abbey, as well as York Street and Swallow Street, which mean some stallholders will be displaced. The planning application submitted to Bath and North East Somerset Council states that: “Whilst the Christmas market will have an obvious visual impact on this part of Bath city centre, this will be temporary and, given its location at the heart of the city’s retail area, appropriate to the festive season. “Visit Bath is committed


to planning and operating a high-quality event in the city which continues to be a market leader of British Christmas Markets and to maintain the benchmark for which others aim to aspire to. “By locating chalets in Milsom Street it will allow us to: • Further enhance visitor and resident experience


of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an


estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016. The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however,


comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism) The Visit Bath plan states


that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put


in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


Allowing time to set up


and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The chalets wi l l be


positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required


to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will


work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events. As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event. Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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of the event by extending the footprint and easing congestion;


• Support the Bath Abbey Footprint project;


• Support the Roman Baths Archway Project;


• Make way for essential road repairs;


• Further engage with the independent businesses throughout the city.”


Increased risk


The 2018 Bath Christmas Market will run from Thursday November 22 to Sunday December 9, and confirmation of the dates coincided with the publication of the results of a survey commissioned to assess the impact of last year’s festive market on the city’s economy The survey revealed an


estimated spend of £29.4m outside of the market itself, the largest amount ever seen in the event’s 17 year history, and a 40 percent increase on 2016. The survey also showed that


an estimated 409,000 people visited the market and an estimated £10.7m was spent within the market, supporting over 200 stallholders, 87 percent of which are from Bath and the South West. Charities in Bath also benefitted from the 2017 Christmas Market, with £12,000 being distributed to various local causes. With this success, however,


comes increased risk, one of the most deadly being the potential use of vehicles as weapons, a possibility made real when a truck was driven into a Christmas market in Berlin in 2016.


Part of the festive market in Bath (Photo: Bath Tourism) The Visit Bath plan states


that: “As one of the South West’s largest open public access events, Bath Christmas market will be establishing a robust vehicle access plan. “As the market footprint develops and expands into new areas of the city, considerations will be made to all areas of vulnerability. “It is recognized that a vehicle offers a convenient delivery mechanism for a large explosive device as well as the vehicle itself being used as a weapon.” Physical barriers will be put


in place, and a city-wide radio link will share intelligence about “anything which may pose as a potential threat or issue elsewhere in the city”. Bath and North East Somerset Council leader, Tim Warren, reiterated the message from last year when defences were installed, that there is “no known threat” to the city and the measures are purely precautionary.


Budding traders set out stalls in Stratford


Allowing time to set up


and then remove the chalets, Milsom Street will be closed to normal traffic from November 19 until December 10. The chalets wi l l be


positioned so the pavements, business doorways and window displays are clear, and there will be sufficient space for emergency vehicles to gain access. Stallholders will be required


to offer discounts at certain times to residents who have Discovery Cards, and they will be expected to decorate their chalets to a high standard. Visit Bath has said it will


work to “maintain a strong working relationship with local businesses and residents” throughout the event. When the application was submitted Visit Bath was due to consult with various local residents and retailers associations and the council’s highways team, and there will be further consultation with other key stakeholders,


as well as a series of drop-in events. As in previous years the


market will feature a variety of entertainment, including choirs, school groups, local theatrical schools, brass bands and other performances in keeping with the festive nature of the event. Visit Bath will also be


required to apply for premises licences and to submit street trading and event applications before the council can give the market the go ahead.


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A number of UK Christmas markets (including Manchester, pictured above) have introduced robust defences in the wake of recent terrorist attacks


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