Durham Markets Company
Durham Indoor Market is 'Best in UK'
A north east market has been named Best Private Market in the UK 2011 at a national award ceremony.
Durham Indoor Market picked up the award from the National Association of British Market Authorities for its impressive range of initiatives aimed at both traders and customers, and its outreach to the wider community with a host of promotions and events.
The award was granted to Durham Indoor Market jointly with Old Spitalfields Market in London. Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of NABMA, said: "The level of entries in this category was the best since the competition began.”
Currently open six days a week, the historic Indoor Market is situated in the centre of the City in an attractive Victorian market hall off Durham’s Market Place. It first opened for business in 1851, underwent extensive refurbishment in the mid 1990s, and is now home to over 50 traders offering a wide range of foods, goods and services.
Despite the recession, the Market continues to prove popular with customers and retailers alike and celebrates its 160th anniversary this year.
Over the last twelve months, Durham Indoor Market has received over two million visitors through its doors; has had a giant mural of the City painted on its walls by Durham University students; has entertained a number of famous guests including Sir Ming Campbell and writer Terry Deary; has had its mezzanine level extended to provide greater facilities for retailers and a larger café bistro; and has played host to a number of live radio and TV broadcasts. It also plays the lead role in organising the award-winning annual Christmas Festival, the busiest retail weekend in the City Centre.
Frank Nicholson, Chairman of Durham Markets Company, commented:
"This national award is a fantastic achievement which we are delighted to accept. Durham Indoor Market is the beating heart of the City and plays a crucial role in supporting independent retail and the local economy.
“Our sincere thanks to all staff, retailers and customers who have supported the Market to date. We look forward to continuing to serve the people of Durham to the best of our ability in the years to come.”
Durham Markets Company's Managing Director, Colin Wilkes, was presented with the award by Graham Wilson, Chief Executive of NABMA.