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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...

If you are a market manager or operator attending this year’s NABMA’s annual conference (17th-19th Sept) then do come along to one of the workshops we will be hosting to explore the ‘community value’ of traditional markets. We will be inviting participants to help shape our research and contribute to our...

One of the first tasks for our project is to understand and analyse the national debate around traditional retail markets and their value in the UK. We want to identify the key actors shaping the debate, and to explore their perspectives on the economic, social and cultural value of markets,...

On the 13 and 14th of July Sara Gonzalez briefly visited Barcelona to gain a better understanding of traditional markets there, as Barcelona is often regarded, internationally, as a model for other markets to follow. There, she spoke to officials from the Municipal Institute for Markets and two campaign groups...

On Monday 23rd July we are inviting members of market campaign groups to attend an informal meeting in London to discuss potential links with our research. We also welcome members of a trader groups or cooperatives who are perhaps thinking of moving into campaigning. The meeting will be an opportunity...

Last week members of our project team made a long-awaited trip to Barnsley Market, having heard a great deal about the Council’s regeneration programme and about the Market’s central role in the community. These plans aim to provide a new setting for the market as a central part of the...

A major focal point for our research project will be a series of large-scale surveys conducted at three UK markets, selected as case-studies. Here, we’ll be asking market users about their experiences of shopping in their local market, about how and why shop there, and also seeking their views on...

Sara Gonzàlez On Saturday 28th of April 2018 several members of our research team visited Oastler Market in Bradford to join in a brilliant event put on by the grassroots artist collective Wur Bradford under the name “WE ARE HERE”. This project is a collaboration between Bradford Markets, artists and traders to...

Defending London’s important sites of Latin American community, culture and enterprise from displacement Myfanwy Taylor On Thursday 26 April, the University of Leeds and the Instituto Cervantes Leeds heard from two prominent figures in the fight to defend important sites of Latin American culture, community and entrepreneurialism in London. Organised...

NMTF’s annual conference, held on Monday 16th April in Sheffield, provided our team with its first major opportunity to present our project to market traders, managers, operators and other professionals working within the sector. We were pleased to see that the materials on our stall generated interest from delegates, whilst...