Bradford reclaims title of UK's best wholesale food market

Bradford's St James's Market has been awarded the Best Wholesale Market at the Great British Markets Awards, for the third time in five years.

Image: Laura Billings
Image: Laura Billings

Run by the city council, the market has 35 traders trading from 66 units supplying fresh fruit and vegetables as well as fish, exotic and pre-packed produce to over 3,500 shops, restaurants and hotels.

The market is implementing green initiatives such as recycling 80 per cent of all waste and installing solar panels to generate its own electricity.

It has also developed an educational programme about the journey of fresh food from farm to fork, and offers work placements for jobseekers.

Secretary of the market tenants' association Johnathan Kershaw said: "It is great news to have wrestled back this accolade from our great and respected rivals at New Covent Garden.

"It is extremely satisfying to know that the efforts that have been put into the continual improvement of St James's Market and for the recognition that our facility provides customers throughout the region with a best-in-class shopping experience."

The awards are run by The National Association of British Market Authorities and were announced during its conference in Birmingham on 29 January.

Jeremy Bradin, Director of award sponsors KPR Midlink, said: "There were an increasing number of private market entries alongside the local authority entries which indicates a broadening interest in the competition which can only be good for everyone involved in it."


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