Concourse Market Hall taking part in National Campaign ‘Love Your Local Market’
Markets in communities, towns and cities across the UK are championing innovative ways to remain at the heart of high streets and town centres.
Celebrate this year’s LOVE YOUR LOCAL MARKET campaign with NABMA – The National Markets Association at Concourse Shopping Centre, 17th – 31st May 2018 – #LYLM2019, with a big free event taking place in the Market Hall, this Saturday, 18th May.
2019 sees the eighth year of NABMA’s “Love Your Local Market” campaign, with immense success it has now been embraced by 24 different countries worldwide.
Concourse Shopping Centre in Skelmersdale is taking part in the two week campaign and not only are they offering new market traders to try the Concourse Market Hall completely free for two weeks, there’ll also be having loads of fun at their free 70’s bash, this Saturday, 18th May.
As they’re celebrating Markets Close To Your Heart, the Concourse Shopping Centre Market Hall will be going back to the 70’s, when the Concourse was first built. So dust off your platforms, dig out your flares and don your best disco wig; Get ready to be taken back to a free nostalgic 70’s bash with loads of fun for everyone to enjoy, with a prize for the best dressed!
You’ll find all the fun taking place in the Concourse Market Hall between 10am – 2pm.
Estimates show “Love Your Local Market” has given over 11,000 people the chance to sample market trading and that at least 1,000 new businesses have been created.
This year’s theme “Markets – Close To Your Heart” has been adopted by NABMA and the World Union of Wholesale Markets (WUWM). Markets from across the UK will be hosting a range of exciting events, initiatives and new traders offers.
Throughout the eight years of the campaign, the offer of free or discounted stalls / pitches has been Central to “Love Your Local Market”. This has assisted in attracting new market traders, delivering youth events to bring in younger traders / customers and the organisation of community events to demonstrate the wider role of markets. These elements will continue to be an important part of #LYLM2019.
Gary Mitchell, Centre Manager of the Concourse Shopping Centre says “We can’t wait to go back to the 70’s and celebrate the nostalgia of the Concourse. There will be lots of entertainment for everybody, to kick off the start of two weeks focusing on our market and offering new traders the opportunity to get a taster of market life in the Concourse Market Hall, completely free.”
NABMA Chief Executive, Graham Wilson explains:
“When NABMA created Love Your Local Market eight years ago, we never imagined that it would become the biggest celebration of markets that the world has ever seen. In 2018, 24 countries participated in the Love Your Local Market campaign with around 3000 markets involved.
“Markets are at the heart of local communities and Love Your Local Market is very much about emphasising the social dimension of markets. Thousands of events will be taking place within the locations of contributing markets.”
“We also use Love Your Local Market to offer the opportunity to sample market trading, many markets providing free or substantially discounted stalls. In the eight years celebrating LYLM over 10,000 people have tried market trading for the first time and around 1,000 new businesses have been created. We are very proud of what has been achieved and are eagerly looking forward to seeing what our amazing markets can achieve in 2019.”
This year’s global theme is “Markets – Close to Your Heart”. The main purpose of Love Your Local Market is to raise the profile of markets across the UK. This will encourage start-up businesses and increase young people’s involvement in markets.
As well as winning over the hearts of consumers this year, NABMA will be aiming to get to heart of the importance of markets within local communities. Showing why people need to appreciate their local markets.
Concourse Shopping Centre are hoping to help new market traders, bring in younger traders and customers and have a little fun at the same time with #LYLM2019 running 17th May – 31st May
With thanks to G M Imber & Sons Ltd. (GMISL) for providing free public liability insurance cover for people trying market trading for the first time in LYLM fortnight, Concourse Shopping Centre are offering the opportunity to new market traders to trade completely free for the two weeks of #LYLM2019
If you’d like to sample market life for two weeks, completely free of charge in the Concourse Market Hall, speak to Dianne Fletcher in the Concourse Marketing Suite, opposite Peacocks on the first floor of the Concourse, by email email@example.com or on 01695 723785.
We’ll see you then!