These three high street heroes prove the crucial role retail markets play in our local economies and communities.
Chris Hurdman has been involved in market trading in Oxfordshire for 31 years and has been secretary of the Thame Market Traders Cooperative, as well as an active stall-holder, for 20 years.
Under his leadership, new initiatives like community stalls have been introduced in Thame and he has led a number of local events which have raised thousands of pounds for local charities and bought people onto the high street.
Running a number of local markets for Tameside MBC, including Hyde Indoor and outdoor markets, Stalybridge Farmer's market and markets in Ashton, Nicola’s dedication and motivation is outstanding. She has even created a new market at the local hospital for patients and staff, and is now overseeing the £4.5million refurbishment of Ashton's new outdoor market. She works closely with local traders and innovators to bring fresh ideas onto her markets.
Beverley has led the development of a number of local markets, including the twice- yearly Burnham-on-Sea Food Festival, which are bringing new people to Burnham-on-Sea and putting the town on the map as a food destination and supporting local food producers and farmers. She is setting up a youth market to support young local entrepreneurs and is now planning a cookery school in the town!
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