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News: Rotherham outdoor market named UK's best

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Rotherham town centre's outdoor market has been named as one of Britain's best markets at a Government-backed awards ceremony.

The Great British Market Awards saw markets across the country battle it out to be crowned Britain's best in the national competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

Rotherham was successful in the Best Large Outdoor Market category at the awards where Leeds Market was crowned overall winner by the general public being named Britain's Favourite Market after more than 100,000 votes were cast online and through social media.

NABMA awarded Rotherham first prize in the category of "Best Street / Outdoor Market" at their national awards ceremony in 2012. Since then, the outdoor market has added a fresh produce section and Rotherham Council's Markets Service has recently put in place an extension to the Tuesday street market from 62 to 95 stalls.
The market has extended to Effingham Square, which was revamped as part of the £40m Tesco development, and is intended to attract customers and draw them from Tesco into the town centre retail area. Tuesdays used to be very quiet in Rotherham but now they are one of the busiest days of the week.

Future extensions could see further stalls on both Upper Millgate and College Street creating better links to Corporation Street and High Street and ensure maximum benefit to these areas on market days. Forge Island could also be used for markets and car boot sales on Sundays.

Presenting the awards, High Street Minister Marcus Jones said: "Markets are a vital part of Britain's bustling high streets. They are the testbeds for entrepreneurs starting out in the trade and are the heartbeat of communities across the country.

"I'd like to congratulate all the award winners on being named one of Britain's best markets and wish them all the best for the future."

In November 2015, Rotherham was successful in the best town centre category in the Great British High Streets Awards, a Government-backed competition to find and celebrate the nation's best high streets.

Advisory Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Cllr Denise Lelliott, said: "This is fantastic news for Rotherham coming so soon after our success in the Great British High Street Awards.

"The work that the Markets Team has done with traders, partners and the community has really paid off and we can all be proud that what was the quietest trading day of the week has now become the busiest."

Dean Thurlow, operations manager at Rotherham Market, added: "The interest for our extended street market has been overwhelming, giving existing traders the option to expand their businesses.

"The local community supports our Tuesday Street Market and now have a wider choice of commodities and services on offer".

Rotherham has been a successful market town for over 800 years - its original royal market charter was granted by King John in the year 1207.

Rotherham Markets website

Images: RMBC / Gala Tent

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