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Spilling the secrets of a successful market

The secrets of success which have transformed well-known indoor markets will hopefully rub off on the transformation of Hereford’s Buttermarket.

On Wednesday this week a group of traders from the Buttermarket will be visiting three bustling markets which have had their fortunes transformed and are now considered to be among the best examples of indoor markets in the UK.

The local traders will visit the Edwardian market hall in Southport, which has undergone a £3 million transformation, Blackburn Market, which has been developed over the last couple of years and has been named Best British Market 2011/12, and Bury Market, which regularly wins national awards and has been the centre of an integrated tourism drive, and has just been crowned best UK market attraction.

The traders will spend a day visiting these markets to speak to traders and managers of the venues to tease out of them what makes their market special and what the secret of their success is.

Plans are afoot to transform Hereford’s Buttermarket into a centre of excellence to promote local goods and produce.

A competition run by the Royal Institute of British Architects on behalf of Hereford Futures selected Cardiff-based Austin-Smth:Lord as coming up with the best idea for the regeneration of the building in spring last year.