Ely Markets has come top out of more than fifty entries as Market Team of the Year 2018. The award was presented by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
“Out of all the entries, the Ely Markets team made an instant impression on the judges,” says Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of NABMA. “We were impressed with the contribution the team has made in providing such a diverse and quality market with strong links to the local community.”
The Ely Markets team was presented with the award by Councillor Geraldine Carter, the NABMA President, at a ceremony at East Cambridgeshire District Council. Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of NABMA, also attended the event along with John Hill, Chief Executive of East Cambridgeshire District Council and Councillor Charles Roberts, Leader of East Cambridgeshire District Council.
“The hard work that goes on behind the scenes of a market is often undervalued,” says Geraldine Carter, the President of NABMA. “Giving this award to a team who is making a big difference brings me great pleasure.”
The judges praised Ely Markets’ unique combination of tradition and innovation. They were particularly impressed with the time taken by team members Julia Davis, Lisa Quin and Bill Wayman to support and mentor new stallholders, such as local craftspeople, artisan food makers and international street food traders. The mini-markets, late-night events and their ongoing commitment to plastic-free shopping were also commended.
“We’re thrilled to have received this award from NABMA,” says Julia Davis of Ely Markets. “Our diverse range of traders and our commitment to sustainability and innovation make our market unique. We’re proud of our 800 years of history and we’re excited about the future.”
Press release from Ely Markets