Judges praised market's rich history and central location
Swansea has Britain’s best large indoor market – it’s official!
Swansea Market won the 2020 title in a competition run by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
Awards judges praised the city centre venue for championing local entrepreneurs, its central location and its rich history.
The market was also noted for its place within the city centre regeneration programme, its plans to evolve to meet the changing needs of local people, its marketing activity and the way in which the council and traders work together to build success.
It also made the top four in the favourite market category of the 2020 Great British Market Awards, a category heavily influence by public voting. That title was taken by Newcastle.
No other Welsh locations were in the running for any of the awards.
The market is home to more than 100 businesses, hosts casual traders, puts on regular events and attracts around 80,000 shoppers every week.
Robert Francis-Davies, the council’s cabinet member for investment, regeneration and tourism, said: “Swansea previously won the best large indoor market title five years ago – it’s good to have it back!
“Our market is a beating heart of the city centre and will become increasingly popular and busy as our wider £1bn regeneration work evolves. These are exciting times for the city centre and its fabulous market.
“I thank the traders and council officers for their hard work in helping to achieve this new honour – and the Swansea public for continuing to be great supporters of their market.”
Council city centre manager Lisa Wells said: “We’re delighted that Swansea Market has again been recognised as a best in Britain.
“The awards were very competitive so it was great to win this prize; it shows how loved the market is.
“We thank the market traders, shoppers and staff for continuing to help make the location a must-visit location in Swansea city centre – and everyone who voted for it in the favourite market category.”
Nick Jones, chair of the Swansea Market Traders Federation, said: “It’s wonderful to see this venue saluted on a national level.
“Swansea Market is one of the city’s great icons, with a compelling local flavour.
“My sincere thanks and congratulations to all our traders, customers and council officers who support us.”