At the Great British Market Awards in January, Grainger Market was named Britain’s Favourite Market.
After obtaining enough online votes from the public to secure its place the top ten markets in Britain, the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) has revealed that Grainger Market was subjected to “scrutiny from mystery shopper visits” in order to test the standard of its customer service. Scoring 100%, the market then won the award for Britain’s Favourite Market.
Over 12,500 public votes were cast in the whole competition, and Grainger Market was joined by Chester Market and Hull Trinity Market, among others, in the top ten.
NABMA runs the annual competition, and is an organisation which describes itself as the ‘national voice of markets since 1919’. The association represents and promotes local markets, and puts on this event to recognise their hard work.
Designed by architects John Dobson and Richard Grainger, Grainger Market opened in 1835 and is home to hundreds of local traders and businesses, selling a selection of food, clothes, and books. It was commended by NABMA for its “strong links to its community” and the ease with which it “proudly balances its heritage [and] the needs and aspirations of a new generation of shoppers and traders.”
This year’s awards ceremony was held in the Council House in Birmingham on 30th January, with awards ranging from Best Indoor to Best Speciality Market. Swansea Market took the prize for Best Large Indoor Market, while Belfast Christmas Market was awarded the title of Best Market Attraction.
The previous winners of Britain’s Favourite Market include Bury Market, Shrewsbury Market and Leeds Market, in 2019, 2018 and 2017 respectively.
Last modified: 15th April 2020