29 Jan 2016

Leisure, Arts, Culture and Events

National award for St Nicholas Market

The ever popular St Nicholas Market in the centre of the Old City has beaten off competition from markets from across the country to be named one of Britain’s best at an awards ceremony at The Great British Market Awards.

The awards ceremony in Birmingham saw markets battle it out to be crowned Britain’s best in the national competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

St Nicholas Market won the Best Large Indoor Market category and was praised for its partnership work with schools and the council, including its annual young enterprise market.

It was also praised for its excellent expanding food outlets and support of the Bristol Pound – cited as an outstanding success and an example for others to learn from.

Presenting the awards, High Street Minister Marcus Jones said: “Markets are a vital part of Britain’s bustling high streets.

“They are the test beds for entrepreneurs starting out in the trade and the heartbeat of communities across the country.

“I’d like to congratulate St Nicholas Market on being named one of Britain’s best markets and wish them all the best for the future.”

Stacey Bartlett, markets and estates manager for Bristol City Council, said: “We are really proud to have won this award as recognition of the hard work and dedication of all of our traders and markets team.

“We have a huge variety of stall holders and traders, with something to appeal to everyone, and we are committed to offering opportunities to new start-ups and businesses.”

The permanent indoor market buildings and outdoor stalls are home to the largest collection of independent retailers in the city offering a variety of quality crafts, giftware and food.

George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol, said: “I am a strong proponent of street and covered markets and continue to encourage them as part of a healthy local retail mix.

"St Nicholas Market has been the traditional centre of Bristol market activity for hundreds of years and I am extremely pleased that it has been recognised at a national level. I am particularly pleased at the of the revitalising role of the Bristol Pound in contributing to the judges’ decision. 

“As well as a diverse range of stalls and retailers, the market also hosts a range of events, including some night markets, and will this coming week be taking part in the prestigious BBC 6 music festival that is coming to Bristol for the first time”

Note to Editors:

  • The Great British Market 2016 awards sponsored by KPR Midlink.
  • The winners of the Britain’s Favourite Market award were decided by an online public vote on the NABMA website.
  • Winners of the other award categories were decided by a judging panel of industry experts, following nominations during December 2015 from operators, traders and members of the public.