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 is co-hosting the 10th International Public Markets Conference on 6-8 June 2019 in partnership with Project for Public Spaces (PPS). Over 300 leaders in public markets from across the globe will join us for the three-day event, which is a great opportunity to promote and showcase London's vast market network.

The conference will explore 'Tomorrow's Market' through three themes: impact, inclusion and innovation. It will also explore the social and economic impacts of public markets and look at how markets can enhance their abilities to support local people, drive prosperity and improve the local communities in which they are based.

Delegates will have the opportunity to explore the changing forces shaping public markets around the world through working sessions with experts and explore the diversity in London markets through mobile workshops and tours of different London markets. 

You can find more information about the programme on the conference website, including a list of mobile workshops and tours of London's markets planned on Friday 7 and Saturday 8 June 2019.

Join us in exploring the future face of public markets

We will be welcoming public market leaders, advocates and representatives from across the world to London for this conference. If you are involved in public markets you can secure your spot by registering now.

Markets Development Funding – applications now open

As part of our role hosting the 10th International Markets Conference, we want to celebrate and support innovation within the sector in London. We are inviting applications for Good Growth Fund development funding that directly support London’s street and covered markets. This revenue funding can be used to support the development of projects with costs including feasibility, viability, business planning and commercial/property advice, ahead of Good Growth Fund capital funding being applied for.

The aim of Development Funding is to build a strong pipeline of projects that can apply to the Good Growth Fund. Development funding enables us to support promising projects with upfront work on to demonstrate need, improve quality, and shape and influence the delivery of targeted outcomes. Funding will be awarded where project proposals demonstrate how they address the strategic themes of the fund and have the potential to submit a compelling application to Round 3 in September.

Up to four projects will be shortlisted for an award of up to £50,000. Shortlisted projects will be invited to join the three-day conference, where the winning project will be announced.

Read more about Good Growth Markets Development Funding

Download the application form

Completed application forms and supporting documentation should be submitted in electronic format (in Word format) by email to [email protected] by 12 noon on Monday 13 May.

Get involved and support London's market sector

As part of the 10th International Public Markets Conference, we are seeking two levels of partnership (headline and supporting partnerships) to sponsor:

  • the 10th International Public Markets Conference on 6-8 June 2019. This is a great opportunity to promote and support London Markets to an international delegation over 400 attendees
  • Tomorrow’s Market - a new and innovative business support programme from the London Growth Hub that aims to nurture a new generation of market traders

Read our sponsorship package.

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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