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Ashton Market Hall is voted Best of British
Tuesday 11th February 2014 @ 16:00 by Mark Phillip

Ashton Market has been voted Britain’s favourite market!

In a competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), Ashton Indoor and Outdoor Market won the top number of votes beating off competition from runners-up Leeds Market and Darlington Sunday Market.

Judges said that entries were received from across the UK with a massive number of votes in the Britain’s Favourite Market category making it the most keenly contested event in the history of the competition.

Tameside Council Deputy Executive Leader Cllr John Taylor, who is responsible for markets, said: “This is fantastic news! I know Ashton Market has many loyal customers who have shopped there for many years.

“It also continues to be a modern, forward-looking and appealing focal point in the borough, attracting new custom all the time.

“Thanks to everyone who voted and massive congratulations to the traders and staff who run the Market and make it the very special place it is.”

Ashton Market Hall has long enjoyed a popular reputation among shoppers from across the region, offering a wide selection of high-quality, value goods.

It also promotes the ‘Love Your local Market’ campaign and has a positive impact on the local economy.

The market uses social media to promote itself with daily updates, competitions and news and it also tackles environmental issues and has won a national ‘How Green is your market award’ , while also reducing waste to landfill by over 1,000 litres a day.

There are lots of cooking demonstrations and interactive workshops including ‘Love food hate waste’ activities; it works with partners and has signed a ‘Real Deal’ charter affirming its commitment to supporting traders and consumers in creating a safe, fake free shopping zone and it runs a Trade for a Tenner incentive for new traders.

Last year ended with the fantastic two-week Christmas Market, which raised more awareness for the Love Your Local Market (LYLM) campaign.
Next year’s Christmas Market promises to be an even bigger event, as reported last week.