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Swansea Market crowned Britain’s best large indoor market

Swansea Council joint deputy leader David Hopkins, Swansea Market supervisor Darren Cox and Swansea Market Traders Federation chair - and Market Spares stallholder - Wayne Holmes with colleagues from the market, including: the council's Sarah Lawton; Debra Bissett, of The Baby Room stall; Gareth Evans, of the Get Fresh stall; and Ian Curtis, of the Storm in a Teacup stall.

Swansea Market has been crowned Britain’s best large indoor market in a national awards scheme.

The city centre venue was given the honour by trade body the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).

The award follows an assessment by award judges.

It’s one of the most sought after prizes at the annual NABMA awards. The award was presented to Swansea at a NABMA conference in Birmingham on Thursday, January 25.

It’s the latest accolade for Swansea Market which won the same title in 2015 and 2020. Judges have praised it for championing local entrepreneurs, its commitment to development and its rich history.

Cabinet member and joint deputy leader David Hopkins said: “We couldn’t have achieved this award without the help and support of our amazing customers and traders – and we thank everybody who voted for us all over the country and all those who support the market day in day out.

“It remains pivotal to our communities, plays a key role in the council’s ongoing £1bn regeneration of Swansea and is a major factor in ensuring that people can enjoy their city centre.”

Wayne Holmes, chair of the Swansea Market Traders Federation, said: “It’s great that the market has won this award. Recognition like this helps make all the hard work of our traders feel really worthwhile.”

In recent years the council has invested in new public toilets at the award-winning market and introduced the Market Garden, a popular spot to eat, meet and enjoy events.