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Dr Myfanwy Taylor (image: NMTF) On 8th April 2019 we held three workshops with traders on the community value of markets at the NMTF Conference in Hull (click here to read the conference report in Market Times). Having heard from managers and campaigners in similar workshops last year, we were...

Rosie Wilkinson and Myfanwy Taylor Our survey of market users at our three case study markets is now complete! With the help of Fieldwork Assistance, their team of interviewers and local Urdu, Gujarati and Bengali-speaking interpreters at Queen’s Market, we have completed approximately 500 surveys each at Bury, Queen’s and...

Myfanwy Taylor On Friday 15 February, Dr Sara González and I shared initial findings from research on the community value of markets with the London Markets Board (LMB). The LMB was set up in 2018 by Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, in order to ‘coordinate and focus strategic action...

Over the next week our project will be taking an exciting step forward by piloting a survey of market users in our three case study markets. We will be working with independent market research company Fieldwork Assistance to ask market users a series of questions about how they use the market and...

Researching marketplaces across disciplinary and geographical divides RGS-IBG Annual International Conference, London, 28-30 August 2019 Session organisers: Myfanwy Taylor, Sara González and Paul Waley (University of Leeds) Sponsored by the Urban Geography Research Group This session aims to build international and interdisciplinary approaches to researching marketplaces, exploring their economic, social...

Our project activities in November included the first meeting of our Steering Group, made up of academics and experts in traditional retail markets or related areas, who will be helping our team to connect various stakeholder groups and experts around the complex issue of the ‘community value’ of markets. The...

Myfanwy Taylor On Monday 12 November, 17 market campaigners from London and beyond gathered together to give us their views on the community value of markets. This workshop mirrored similar discussions with market managers and traders which we are undertaking alongside interviews with key actors shaping the national debate on...

We are delighted to announce the launch of our first project report, ‘Measuring the Value of Traditional Retail Markets: Towards a Holistic Approach’, written by Adrian Bua (NEF), Sara González and Myfanwy Taylor (University of Leeds). The briefing paper, which was launched at a meeting of the All-Party Parliamentary Markets Group in November, proposes new ideas...

Since our project began in February a major focus for our activities has been to select the three UK general retail markets to use as case studies. At each of these markets we plan to conduct a large-scale survey of 500 market users, to find out who shops and spends...

Dr Myfanwy Taylor, University of Leeds On Monday 17 September, Dr Sara Gonzalez and I held two workshops as part of the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) annual conference in Stratford-upon-Avon. We wanted to understand market managers’ perspectives on the community value of markets and how it can...