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Visit or trade at your local ‘Northumberland’ market during LYLM

Why not visit your local Northumberland market during Love Your Local Market (LYLM) fortnight 2018, or even better, try out trading there!
 
An annual campaign designed to promote everything that is great about local markets  LYLM helps to highlight all the benefits of markets - of shopping and of trading there.
 
Now in its 7th year, the annual initiative has grown from a one day event in 2012 to an international campaign with over 3,000 events taking place in 17 countries in 2018. 
 
This year’s Love Your Local Market theme is ‘Close to Your Heart’ and between 17 and 31 May it is highlighting the heritage, culture, produce, crafts and food associated with markets.  It is also promoting opportunities for new traders and encouraging young enterprise.
 
Northumberland County Council is offering free stalls to new traders during the last two weeks on May and first two weeks of June - wherever there is space on a market.
 
Councillor Glen Sanderson, cabinet member for the environment and local services at Northumberland County Council said:  “Markets provide a vibrant and colourful feature within our town centres, helping to boost the local economy and expanding the shopping offer. 
 
“We are very keen to support new enterprise in Northumberland and so as part the Love Your Local Market campaign we are offering a free stall to anyone who wants to try out trading for the first time.  Spaces are available at a number of markets across Northumberland - with further information available from our markets officer.
 
“I also urge people to support their local market and try shopping there - if they don’t already - helping to sustain them into the future.”
 
LYLM is organised nationally by NABMA, the National Association of British Market Authorities.  NABMA President, Chris Rosling Joseph said: “This year’s theme, Markets: Close to Your Heart, reflects the importance of markets as the beating heart of communities across our villages, towns and cities.”
 
Minister for High Streets, Jake Berry MP said: “Love Your Local Market reflects markets
as part of the historical fabric of our communities and that they have an important role in
their future. 
 
“Like our town centres and high streets, markets are rising to the challenge of
attracting the modern consumer, becoming more community and partnership focussed and
adapting to today’s technologies.”
 
Find out more where there are markets in Northumberland  and what sort of goods you can buy there at www.northumberland.gov.uk/markets
 
If you would like to book a stall, or take advantage of the free stall for new traders offer, email Neil.Brown@northumberland.gov.uk or phone 07909 688174
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