Independent body to speak to traders, customers and staff around market operation
Barnsley Market will undergo its first annual independent review over the coming months as part of Barnsley Council’s ongoing commitment to ensure its continued success.
Independent body NABMA Market Place will carry out a strategic review that will analyse Barnsley Market’s place within the regional and national market offer, how it contributes to the ongoing success of the town centre and the challenges it faces.
As part of the review, NABMA Market Place will speak to key stakeholders including traders, customers and town centre businesses to take into account their views on how the market develops in the future.
The review by NABMA Market Place will complement and aid the ongoing work by the council as part of its long term commitment to the market. Barnsley has already hosted visits from other market authorities who are keen to learn from Barnsley’s experiences in putting the market at the heart of the town centre redevelopment, The Glass Works.
Since opening, the market has hosted visits from Kirklees, Bradford, Burnley, Doncaster and Rotherham, with further visits from Leeds and North Lincolnshire in the next few weeks.
Barnsley Market continues to enjoy healthy footfall. Since moving from the temporary markets on May Day Green and Market Parade into The Glass Works, footfall has increased by around 44 per cent.
David Shepherd, Service Director for Regeneration and Culture at Barnsley Council, said: “The market has been open for just over a year, an ideal time to carry out the first review of its progress and operations, a review that we always planned to take place as part of our ongoing due diligence.
“One of our key priorities as a council is to ensure that the market is a success. Our fantastic traders make the market what it is and we’ll continue to work with them, listening to their feedback and implementing their ideas wherever possible.
“Market Place is an impartial and objective body which is well respected within the industry – and we’re confident the review’s outcome will aid us in making important decisions around the market’s direction and help us maintain and improve on its success.
“This will be a partnership approach and help us set the benchmark of where we want the market to be – not just us as a council, but as traders, customers and as a town centre.
“As always, we’d like to encourage local people to visit the market and spend their money locally in order to support our traders as we head into the busy Christmas shopping period and beyond.”
Nick Rhodes, Chief Executive of Market Place, said: “Market Place is delighted to be appointed by Barnsley Council to review the newly developed market. The council has invested heavily in its market facility and requires a comprehensive evaluation to ensure that its huge potential is maximised.
“This is a different, refreshing approach and we welcome the opportunity to carry out the work. It’s also refreshing that the council wishes to evaluate the market’s performance in order to maximise its investment."