Big award for small market is in the bag

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Hebden Bridge Market has beaten off competition from throughout the country to win its category in The Great British Market Awards.

At an awards ceremony held at Birmingham Town Hall they were announced the winners in the Best Small Outdoor Market category in the national competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

The market was praised for its excellent work at the heart of the community especially in the face of flood challenges.

With many businesses unable to trade the market has continued to regenerate the town with further additional markets being operated to revitalise trade, promote community wellbeing and encourage visitors, said the organisers.

Presenting the awards, after visiting Birmingham’s Bullring Market, the Government’s High Street Minister Marcus Jones said: “Markets are a vital part of Britain’s bustling high streets. They are the test beds for entrepreneurs starting out in the trade and the heartbeat of communities across the country. I’d like to congratulate all winners on being named one of Britain’s best markets and wish them all the best for the future.”

The Government has supported the Love Your Local Market campaign, helping councils promote local traders.