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In 2019 we conducted a large-scale survey with 500 customers each at Queen’s Market, Bury Market and Newcastle Grainger Market in order to gain an in-depth and rigorous understanding of markets users’ experiences. A number of market users were also invited to take part in focus groups to help us...

On 27th October our Principal Investigator Sara González took part in the session ‘Creating a community high street’ as part of Ethical Consumer Week 2020. Also presenting and responding to delegates’ questions were Neil McInroy (CEO of CLES), Vidhya Alakeson (founding Chief Executive of Power to Change) and Nicola Round...

Here are two ways to support the markets sector through an incredibly difficult period… Sign the petition: In response to the announcement of a second period of lockdown, industry bodies NMTF and NABMA have launched an urgent campaign for markets to remain fully open, and to have parity with supermarkets...

We are delighted to share the news that the Markets 4 People team recently began a new project to increase the impact of our findings. The University of Leeds ESRC Impact Acceleration Account (IAA) will be contributing just under £15,000 for the project ‘Developing best practice for community markets’, with...

Why local markets are key to reviving our locked down town centres Serving local needs. Chris Lawrence Travel / Shutterstock.com Sara González, University of Leeds and Paul Waley, University of Leeds During the early weeks of coronavirus in the UK, there was an obsessive focus on supermarkets and how they...

Developed in collaboration with NMTF At the time of writing, in the third week of nationwide lockdown in the UK, the Markets4People team is considering how it can best support our partners in the markets sector, who are working hard to advise and advocate on behalf of traders and operators. We had intended to use this...

How can one define the particular charm of Bury market? Is it the serendipity of finding the unexpected on the next stall but one, down the second row on the left? Is it that strange sense of security that tells you you can get lost and still be perfectly safe?...

Sara González presented at the latest NABMA conference in Birmingham on the 30th of June. The presentation drew on some of our preliminary findings from the customer survey that we have carried out in Grainger Market, Newcastle, and wider findings from our interviews and workshops regarding the community value of...

The Markets 4 People team has been very fortunate in welcoming a new researcher to our ranks for the summers of 2019 and 2020: Laidlaw Scholar and University of Leeds Geography student Meegan Worcester. Meegan, who is now embarking on the second year of her undergraduate degree, successfully applied for...