The winners of the Great British Market Awards were announced in Birmingham on the 26th of January and Oswestry’s Indoor Market was delighted to receive a highly commended award.

The awards are organised by NABMA, the National Association of British Market Authorities and celebrate excellence in retail and wholesale markets across the UK. They include awards for indoor & outdoor markets, community & parish markets, speciality markets, wholesale markets, food markets and market attractions. They also feature Britain’s Favourite Market, as voted for by the great British public through an online poll, which this year was won by Shrewsbury Indoor Market.

David Preston, Chief Executive of NABMA, said: “There have been so many nominations highlighting the amazing contributions that markets and markets people make in towns and cities. Highly commended certificates are awarded to markets that NABMA consider play outstanding roles in their local communities and have demonstrated innovation, commitment and gone that extra mile to deliver a quality markets service.”

“The awards are an opportunity to champion and celebrate markets in Great Britain. With inevitable changes to and challenges for the future of our high streets, it is clear, that offering customers unique shopping opportunities along with great events and experiences, markets have an important place at the heart of our communities.”

Oswestry Town Mayor, Councillor Jay Moore said “This is great news and congratulations to all our market traders for their hard work. Oswestry has a longstanding history of markets with the first recorded market formed some 800 years ago. Our vibrant indoor market continues to be held every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday and is home to over forty independent businesses, all offering something unique. This award highlights the importance of town markets and how they are an integral part of our heritage, culture, and future.”