The Institute of Place Management has extended its relationship with the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA)

The first visible mark of this extension is Institute participation in a series of regional meetings taking place in Preston, Huddersfield, Nottingham and Salisbury. At each meeting the host location provides a case study and tour of their market to hear about new opportunities and challenges. After an update on the work NABMA is doing for the markets industry from Chief Executive Graham Wilson and other officers, the bulk of the session looks to the future of markets.

Institute Co-Chair Simon Quin leads a workshop session that starts with an overview of the latest trends, data and research about the changing high street and some of the forthcoming technological and societal changes that will have an impact in the next decade. This provides a brief for workshop participants to work in groups and think about markets have to respond.

The first meeting in Preston in April generated very lively discussion and contributions from the four work groups. Several pages of ideas and concept were produced and many questions raised. If much of what was discussed happens, not only do markets have a very positive future, but they will rediscover their importance in many town and city centres.

At this point, we don't want to share too much detail on what was discussed so as not to influence the future workshops, but later this year, we will report on the findings. We are really grateful to all those participating.