L-r: Cllr Geraldine Carter (Calderdale Council), Rosie, Julien Lewis (President, National Market Traders Federation) and Jim Fitzpatrick, MP for Poplar and Limehouse
Rosie attended the National Market Traders’ Federation (NMTF) launch of a groundbreaking initiative to provide jobs, financial independence and career opportunities for the unemployed and those faced with redundancy as a result of the current economic climate.
NMTF First is the first-ever national training scheme for would-be market traders, and has the backing of the Department for Communities and Local Government and MPs and peers of all three major parties. It was launched during MPs Support Their Market Week which aims to raise the awareness of the opportunities that markets can provide local communities (from 12 - 22 November 2010).
In 2009 total retail market turnover was £3.5 billion and total wholesale market turnover was £4.1 billion. The combined market sectors employ almost 1 million people nationwide. This reinforces the fact that market trading is an important part of the UK economy which should not be overlooked.
The NMTF was founded in 1899 by a group of South Yorkshire market traders who felt there was a need for an organisation to represent their collective interests. Since then the NMTF has grown by leaps and bounds, and now has about 32,000 members.