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Tameside markets manager shortlisted for prestigious award
Tuesday 25th October 2016 @ 15:56 by Adam Higgins
Ashton Community Hyde News Stalybridge

Tameside Markets are the only local representation in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.

Tameside Council’s markets manager Nicola Martin, from Ashton, has been shortlisted for the Retail Market Champion.

But Nicola now needs the support of Tameside residents to vote for her – with the final decision decided equally on public votes and a visit from competition judges over the coming weeks.

Markets have been an important feature of life in Tameside for centuries, and are a key element in the drive to revive high-street shopping in the borough, especially in Ashton and Hyde.

Selling the best local produce, Ashton’s market has been twice voted Britain’s Favourite Market in recent years while Stalybridge and Hyde have attracted many visitors with their monthly artisan markets.

In her nomination, Nicola was described as having ‘outstanding motivation and dedication’ whilst running a number of local markets – including Hyde Indoor and Outdoor markets, Stalybridge Farmer’s market and markets in Ashton.

She has also created a new market for staff and patients at Tameside Hospital and is now overseeing the £4.5 million refurbishment of Ashton’s new outdoor market.

Cllr John Taylor, Tameside Council’s deputy leader, said: “Our markets have a long history, but the fact that they continue to be popular is down to the dedication and creativity of Nicola and her team who are always looking for new ways of getting people into our town centres.

“They fully deserve the recognition a Great British High Streets Award would give them and I hope the people of Tameside – and visitors – will show their support by voting.”

Nicola has been nominated alongside Chris Hurdman, from Oxfordshire, and Beverley Milner-Simonds, of Somerset.

The Great British High Street competition celebrates the great work being done to revive, adapt and diversify Britain’s town centre in nine different award categories: City Location, Town Centre, Large Market Town, Small Market Town, Coastal Community, Local Centre/Parade of Shops, Village and Rising Star.

Glossop’s high street narrowly missed out on being one of three nominees in the Rising Star category.

You can vote by filling out a simple form at http://thegreatbritishhighstreet.co.uk/finalist-retail-market-champion with voting open until mid-November.