People from across the country met recently at Derby’s Market Hall to mark 100 years since the formation of the National Association of British Markets (NABMA).
Derby and Nottingham played an integral role in the formation of NABMA and its subsequent support for local markets across the country, with the first ever meeting of the association taking place in the city.
In 1919, the city of Nottingham and the (then) county borough of Derby agreed to hold a conference of all of the market authorities from the region.
From this conference, NABMA was born, and soon towns and cities from across the Midlands and the North joined the new association.
Since then, NABMA has grown from strength to strength, overseeing a period when spending in markets almost tripled – from £1.1 billion to £3.1 billion since 2005.
The organisation has also been responsible for pioneering research into markets and their intrinsic value and performance, and coordinating campaigns to promote the UK’s market – including the ‘Love Your Market’ campaign.
At the event in Derby, Cllr Mick Barker (Derby City Council cabinet member for governance and licensing, and also current president-elect of NABMA) introduced guests from NABMA, NMTF, Derby City Council and Nottingham City Council.
To mark the occasion, commemorative plates were commissioned from Royal Crown Derby, and presented to the mayor of Derby and honorary alderman David Poole.
Cllr Barker said: “It was a privilege to host such an event here in Derby.
“NABMA has been close to my heart for a long while, and to be perfectly honest I was astonished to hear that such a huge piece of NABMA history – especially one related to our Derby – was not in my repertoire of knowledge!
“Markets are integral to our towns and cities, and NABMA are part of continuing that legacy. I’m proud to be celebrating 100 years of their being.”
Discussing the rich history of markets, Lord Mayor of Derby Cllr Harwood said: “I cannot emphasise enough the importance of markets to our towns and cities.
“Whether it’s by providing quality, locally-sourced produce or handcrafted goods, they are the lifeblood of communities, not only helping to support local businesses, but also bringing together individuals from many different backgrounds under one roof.”