London markets

Retail and wholesale markets play a vital role in London as places of employment, trade and leisure, whilst being an essential part of Londoners’ everyday experience of the city.

London markets are facing pressures from technological, social and economic change - this page looks at how we’re supporting London markets.

Supporting London markets

Having listened to individuals, organisations and industry leaders from London’s markets, the Mayor is supporting the preservation and growth of London's vibrant street markets by:

  • publishing 'Understanding London's Markets'
  • establishing the first London Markets Board
  • mapping the city's markets
  • co-hosting the next International Public Markets Conference

Understanding London's Markets

This new research will help us understand the social and economic value of markets, and their contribution to local areas. Alongside the report a toolkit has been produced to support people working in this sector.

Find Your Nearest Market

International Public Markets Conference

The Mayor of London co-hosted and officially opened the three-day 10th International Public Markets Conference on the 6th June 2019 in partnership with Project for Public Spaces (PPS), a New York-based charity.

The conference provided a key opportunity to promote London’s markets internationally, bringing together over 300 international markets professionals, from over 40 different countries and 115 cities, which included investors and developers, community advocates and visionary leaders to explore the forces that are shaping public markets across the world.

Using the themes of inclusion, innovation, and impact, the conference gave delegates from around the world an insight into the diversity of London’s street markets. It will also explored the social and economic impacts of public markets and looked at how markets can enhance their abilities to support local people, drive prosperity and improve the local communities in which they are based.

The 10th International Public Markets Conference in London

Tomorrow's Market

A legacy project as part of the 10th International Public Markets, Tomorrow’s Market is an innovative business support programme from the London Growth Hub that aims to nurture a new generation of market traders. 

Markets are the original business incubators. As accessible open workspaces they offer unique, low-risk opportunities for people to test business ideas and learn new skills. For many people, they provide the initial step into employment, and open up routes to different types of work.

Tomorrow’s Market aims to attract new traders into the sector, to enable on-the-job learning, and to facilitate networking and skill sharing. It will do this by recruiting a cohort of entrepreneurs, matching them with public markets, and providing a cohesive programme of training, business support, mentoring, skill sharing and networking.

Read about Tomorrow's Market

London Markets Board

The London Markets Board is an important opportunity to ensure that markets in the capital flourish, support good growth in our high streets and town centres, and continue to offer something for every Londoner.

The Board will explore the key challenges markets face, the breadth of value they offer, and opportunities to improve their long-term sustainability and social impact.

Meet the Board

Jules Pipe - Deputy Mayor for Planning, Regeneration and Skills and co-chair of the Markets Board. Jules was formerly the Mayor of Hackney and chair of London Councils.

Helen Evans - Director of Business Development at New Covent Garden Markets. Helen is also a member of the London Food Board and the co-chair of the Markets Board.

Darren Henaghan - Managing Director of Borough Market. Darren has worked as Director of Environment for the London Borough of Ealing. After training as a civil engineer, he worked in senior positions at Barking & Dagenham and Ealing councils.

Debbie Carpenter - Market development manager at London Borough of Camden. Debbie previously worked for more than 20 years as market manager at Tower Hamlets council.

Diane Cunningham - Director of The Assembly Line. Diane co-founded Chatsworth Road market in Hackney where she was a director of the Community Interest Company (CIC) and sat on the Street Markets Advisory Board, a cabinet-level group at the London Borough of Hackney.

Graham Wilson - National Association of British Market Authorities. Graham is the former CEO and legal advisor and has an in-depth knowledge of markets legislation.

Hazel Simmonds - Consultant with MAC-UK, which engages with the UK's most deprived young people to improve their well-being. Hazel was previously Interim Assistant Director at Hampshire County Council for Economic Development and Deputy Director for Neighbourhoods and Regeneration at Hackney where she had responsibility for markets and small businesses.

Hilary Paxman - Chief Executive of National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA). Hilary has worked in a range of departments in the civil service, and worked on local economic growth issues and leads on the Government’s response to the Select Committee report on markets.

Ian Dodds - Head of markets, KERB. Ian has developed and now oversees a portfolio of six London street food markets.

John Burton - Urban Space Management. A chartered surveyor, John managed Greenwich Market, Gravesend Heritage Quarter, Swindon Market Hall and West Silvertown retail. He has been involved in the regeneration of markets across England and London.

John Shepherd - Managing Director of Partridges of Duke of York Square on the King’s Road. John has many years’ experience in the world of food.

Kay Richardson - Director of Space Embrace Community Interest Company. Kay is also a grant holder for the Wellcome Trust and will deliver public health-themed festivals in 2018.

Cllr Nadia Shah - Camden Councillor. Nadia has been a councillor since 2014. She has been on the council executive, became the first female British Bangladeshi Mayor in 2016-17, and was then elected into the cabinet as cabinet member for Skills Employment and Youth. She is currently the cabinet member for Community Safety. Both of her cabinet positions included markets in her portfolio. She is also involved in managing a family business.

Cllr Rachel Tripp - Newham Councillor Rachel‘s experience includes working at the Health Professions Council which gives her an excellent understanding of regulation, particularly of designing systems that combine accessibility with robust public protection.

Stuart Horwood - Brixton Traders Association. Stuart is one of the founding directors of the Brixton Market Traders’ Federation. Has been a local trader since 1984.

Joe Harrison (Board advisor) - Chief Executive of the National Markets Traders Federation (NMTF). Joe has been appointed as an advisor to the London Markets Board. The NMTF was founded in 1899 and is the UK’s only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers and mobile caterers.

Connect with the London Market Board

Do you want to know more about the work of the London Markets Board and connect with Board representatives? You are invited to join us at a meeting of the London Street Trading Benchmarking Group (LSTBG) or the Association of London Markets (AoLM).

These groups meet four times a year to discuss issues facing London markets and best practice approaches, with LSTBG focusing on street trading and AoLM on wholesale. Both groups are supported by NABMA and work closely with the London Market Board.

Please contact Peter Turvey to attend the next meeting for either of these groups.

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