Famous market will now be judged by expert panel before award is decided
Barnsley Market is in the running to be named as the nation’s favourite after being shortlisted as one of the top 10 markets in the country by the public.
The gong is part of an annual awards scheme ran by The National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), and after a public vote saw Barnsley named in the top 10, the market will now compete against nine others to scoop the title of the Britain’s Favourite Market 2018.
The award was won by Shrewsbury Market Hall last year, but Barnsley will be firmly in this year’s running after the opening of the new market in The Glass Works in November.
An expert panel of judges will now visit Barnsley Market to carry out an assessment. Their say – combined with the public vote – will decide the overall winner.
Barnsley will go up against markets in Bury, Cardiff, Chester, Leeds, Preston, Skipton, Shrewsbury, Belfast and Stratford Upon Avon.
Other awards up for grabs that will be judged by NABMA include best food market, best market attraction, best small indoor market and best large indoor market - which Barnsley won last year.
Cllr Roy Miller, Cabinet Spokesperson for Place, said: “We’re delighted that Barnsley Market has been named as one of the top 10 in the country – and we’ve all got our fingers crossed we can scoop the overall title of Britain’s favourite.
“We’d like to say a huge thank you to everyone who voted for Barnsley Market – as well as our brilliant traders and customers who have continued to support the market through the redevelopment of our town centre. We’re all extremely proud of our famous market, and rightly so.
“We’ve invested millions into the market so that we could make it a unique shopping destination right in the heart of our fantastic town centre – and the success that the market has enjoyed since opening in the Glass Works last month has proven that we were right to do it. Footfall is up by 11 per cent compared with this time last year - bucking the national trend - and we’re sure it will only get busier as more and more people discover what’s on offer.
“Winning the award would be the ultimate recognition for our hardworking traders and market team. We look forward to welcoming the judges to Barnsley and showing them what we have to offer.”
Graham Wilson, CEO of NABMA, said, “British Markets are the beating hearts of many local communities and through innovation and enterprise are re-inventing themselves to meet the challenges of the future.”
Housing over 80 stalls, Barnsley Market is now located in The Glass Works as part of the £180m redevelopment of the town centre.
It is now open on Thursdays, with traders selling a wide range of products including meat and fish, flowers, sweets, phone accessories, clothes, perfume, gifts and more.
The market cafes have recently completed their move into Market Kitchen located upstairs, and will be joined by a further food offer next year.