To celebrate NABMA’s 100 year anniversary, NABMA made a special recognition award, Centenary Award. The recipient was Allan Hartwell – one of the most well-known, respected and knowledgeable market professionals that has blessed our industry. The award was made in recognition of his long-standing support to markets through NABMA, the former Institute of Market Officers, his role within the private sector, and most recently with Market Place where he strives and succeeds to bring, quality, innovation and publicity to his events and in turn, demonstrates to the widest audience the value and importance of markets to communities and town and city centres. Allan’s passion for markets and his commitment and support to professional development for market officers is long recognised and applauded.
The NABMA Centenary year was a special and important landmark. Many councillors, officers and individuals have made significant contributions in that 100 years to local and national market activities but NABMA unanimously agreed that Allan should be recognised for his long association and positive influence on the markets industry.