September 2014 saw the establishment of the most comprehensive and experienced markets consultancy team currently available in the UK.
The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) and Market Place joined forces to create NABMA Market Place. Both organisations have a long and proud history of offering quality services to the markets industry and their combined resources provide an attractive portfolio of services that will benefit any markets project.

NABMA REPRESENTS MARKETS OPERATORS THROUGHOUT THE UNITED KINGDOM HAVING SERVED THE INTERESTS OF ITS MEMBERS FOR ALMOST 100 years.

Nabma is currently enjoying one of the most successful periods in its history with record membership and a wide range of services offered to its members. In addition Nabma promotes markets on the national stage working with government and other national organisations to ensure that the voice of markets is heard.

Councillor Mick Barker, President of Nabma said “The creation of Nabma

Market Place is a further demonstration of Nabma’s commitment to provide quality services to its members. Nabma is delighted to be working with Market Place and I am sure this will be the beginning of a partnership arrangement that will bring benefits to our members and provide excellent advice and support where needed”.

NABMA MARKET PLACE IS THE NEW CONSULTANCY SERVICE FOR THE MARKETS SECTOR. IT PROVIDES EXPERTISE AND SUPPORT FOR THE INDUSTRY AND IS AVAILABLE TO ALL MARKET OPERATORS.

THE SERVICE COMBINES THE KNOWLEDGE AND EXPERIENCE OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF BRITISH MARKET AUTHORITIES AND OVER 100 YEARS COMBINED ‘ON THE JOB’ EXPERIENCE OF INDUSTRY LEADERS, MARKET PLACE.

TOGETHER THEY HAVE JOINED FORCES TO PROVIDE:

  • Consultancy on the management and operation of markets on a strategic and day to day basis
  • Provision of interim management arrangements
  • Coaching / Mentoring and support for Market Officers
  • Research projects undertaken to support the market industry
  • Working with partners to provide support on wider consultancy arrangements affecting town centre issues and redevelopment issues

With proven expertise in all facets of the markets industry NABMA Market Place offer a complete service that fully supports the clients needs.

SHORT AND LONG-TERM INTERIM
MANAGEMENT SOLUTIONS.

YOUR MARKET IS SAFE IN OUR HANDS

Our team of experienced staff offer resources at all levels of Market Management and Administration from Chief Officer level to on the ground Market Managers.

Whether it is providing a fully managed market service, taking

over for a defined period or working alongside an existing team, we find the solution for your needs.

If required we can develop new strategies and implement new rules, regulations and policies to improve performance.

NICK RHODES

Nick joined Market Place after a long and happy period at Leicester City Council where he was Head of Markets and Enterprise. He has worked within the Markets industry for over 25 years.

Nick was responsible for managing a large City Centre indoor and outdoor market complex open six days a week offering over 350 stalls per day and a smaller 60 stall district market. Nick transformed Leicester market managing 3 large redevelopment programmes. The market twice was voted Britain’sFavourite Market Leicester Market is a very successful market and this year the public voted it ‘Britain’s Favourite Market’.

Nick’s previously held the title of President of the Institute of Market Officers. Nick also established himself as one of NABMA’s leading consultants undertaking over 30 market consultancy projects.

He is perhaps best known for publishing the industry recognised Rhodes Report the first national survey of UK Markets.

GRAHAM WILSON

Graham Wilson is currently Chief Executive of the National Association of British Market Authorities .Graham has held the position for over ten years and has been an officer of Nabma for almost thirty years and during his tenure the organisation has grown significantly both in membership and influence. A lawyer by profession he has represented many local authorities and market operators on market policies and procedures both in United Kingdom and European Courts. In addition to supporting Nabma Graham has advised the Local Government Association and central government on market issues. In 2012 he was awarded the OBE in recognition of his work supporting Retail Markets.

SAIRAH BUTT

Sairah Joined Market Place in September 2014. Sairah’s role is to manage Harborough Market Indoor Market (South Leics) delivery of events and activities across the town and to assist in delivering consultancy projects. Sairah has a considerable background in retail prior to joining Leicester Market in 2008. During her time at Leicester Sairah was instrumental in project managing the design and build of the new 3.5 million food hall while also working with existing tenants to vacate the old indoor market.

ALLAN HARTWELL

Allan has an infectious passion for keeping the tradition of market trading alive. He possesses a unique knowledge of retail and wholesale market operations throughout Europe.

Following a successful career in local Government where he was Head of the Commercial Services Division in Manchester City Council. Allan came to prominence in the industry when he organised the first ever European Market in the UK in Manchester July 1992. In 1994 he was appointed Chairman of the Association of Municipal Retail Markets attached to The World Union of Wholesale Markets a position he held until 1996. Allan has had an extremely successful track record in the management of retail and wholesale markets during the last 30 years.

Allan then moved into the private sector and has been instrumental in establishing Market Place as a leading market operator brand.

JACKIE CASEY

Formerly Bolton Market Manager, Jackie worked at Bolton Council for 25 years becoming Market Manager in 2009. During her time as Bolton Market Manager the service went from strength to strength winning a succession of awards including:

  • Retailer of the year at the Manchester Tourism Awards 2009
  • Best Indoor Market NABMA 2010
  • 5 a day supporter of the year at the Refresh Awards 2011
  • Best Food Market BBC Food Farming Awards 2011
  • Finalists in the MJ Achievement Awards 2012

Jackie also played a main role in delivery Bolton’s Food and Drink Festival which is now one of the Top Ten Festivals in the UK. Jackie was also part of the team that successfully delivered the 4.5million redevelopment of Bolton Market during 2014.

Jackie’s commitment to the industry was recognised when she was named Market Manager of the Year 2013 by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and again in 2014 by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

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