Shoppers are being urged to show the nation how much they like Sheffield’s new market – by voting for it in two national awards.
Customers can vote for the £18m Moor Market, which opened its doors to shoppers in November, in the BBC Food and Farming Awards as well as the Association of British Market Authorities annual Market of the Year contest this year.
Figures from Sheffield Council have showed an estimated 400,000 people passed through the doors of the long-awaited building in its first month – a 25 per cent increase on 300,000 visitors at the former Castle Market in the same period last year.
Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development at Sheffield Council, said: “The extra trade has already had an excellent knock-on effect for other businesses along The Moor with really positive feedback coming in from many retailers such as Atkinsons department store where staff are thrilled at the boost, particularly during the festive season.
“We are so grateful to shoppers for supporting the new market.
“Although they have already voted with their feet we hope they will go one step further and vote for the market in the BBC Food and Farming Awards and NABMA Awards so we can showcase our fabulous market to even more people in 2014.”
It is hoped people will vote for the new building to triumph in the category of Britain’s Favourite Market in the NABMA awards, where previous winners have included Doncaster market.
The first award winner will be revealed on January 30 and the BBC plaudit is to be announced in May after judging by a panel of industry experts.
Residents can vote for the Moor Market in both of the awards by completing a form online.
n Visit www.nabma.com/vote before Tuesday, January 13, and www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nycpj/features/awards-categories by January 27 to vote.