The first meeting of the Working Group on Traditional Retail Markets was held on 1 December 2009 and was attended by the right honourable Rosie Winterton MP, CLG Minister for Local Government and Minister for Regional Economic Development and Co-ordination at BIS, CLG officials, senior officials from BIS, DCMS, Defra, DH, DWP, the Food Standards Agency, and the Local Government Association's markets champion, Councillor Dave Goddard. The Retail Markets Alliance co-ordinated markets industry representation at the meeting. Representatives from Country Markets and a social enterprise market also attended.
At the meeting the working group agreed:
to publish the terms of reference for the group on the newly created webpage for markets on the CLG departmental website: http://www.communities.gov. uk/citiesandregions/regeneration/approachretail markets/
to meet up three times a year and report on progress to the right honourable Rosie Winterton MP, CLG minister with responsibility for markets, and Jim Fitzpatrick MP, Minister for Food at BIS after the second meeting of the working group in the spring;
to set up ad hoc project groups for specific work strands;
to develop a good practice guide that will be directed both to markets managers and the market traders representatives in markets to share good practice and ideas of good market management and finance, and;
to develop skills and encourage new market traders in market business start up and develop entrepreneurship skills for existing traders.
The working group has since agreed to set up a further project group to look at market management models.
The next meeting of the working group will be held in March 2010.