Nominate your top market trader
Islington shoppers are being asked to nominate their favourite market trader who goes the extra mile, sells the best bargains or has the tastiest food.
Islington’s Market Trader of the Year 2017 is open to traders directly licenced by Islington Council at one of the four main council-run markets – Camden Passage, Chapel Market, Exmouth Market and Whitecross Street – and a few other sites around the borough.
The winning trader will receive £150 off their stall rent – and the person who nominates them will win £50 to spend at the trader’s stall.
For Islington’s market traders, the award is a chance to get recognition and appreciation from the local community. Chapel market trader Jeffrey Heller won Islington Market Trader of the Year in 2008 and still hangs the award on his stall nine years later.
“It was great to win it,” he said. “It was the first time the competition had been held. To be honest there were lots of other traders worthy of the award. It was a very close contest and I was fortunate to be chosen.
“Although there was some financial gain to winning, the recognition was more important for me. I still hang the award on my stall every day after all this time.”
He added: “I’m sure all the traders will be trying to win it this time.”
To enter, send your name and email address or phone number, the name of your nominated market trader, which market they trade in and why they deserve to win (in no more than 20 words) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also pick up an entry form from some market traders, just ask them about it when you next go shopping. This can be posted to, or handed in at Street Trading, Public Protection Division, Islington Council, 222 Upper Street, N1 1XR.
The competition closes on Friday 18 August 2017. The nominations will then be collated and a shortlist drawn up that will be judged by a panel and the winner announced in early September.
The competition is subject to terms and conditions available here.