The Institute of Place Management at Manchester Metropolitan University has just published a review of the evidence of the effects of markets on the health of our towns and cities.
The report concludes that markets:
- contribute to the economic, social and political health of towns and cities
- add to the vitality of specific centres
- act as important catalysts for change in town and city centres
Twenty five critical reasons why markets matter are identified. These include the role of markets as business incubators, their financial contribution to local activity, the positive impact they have on town centres, and their contribution to community development and community health.
You can check out the full report at: http://www.business.mmu.ac.uk/crpcc/files/markets-matter-final.pdf
We’re delighted to see such a comprehensive look at the evidence and the positive conclusions about markets.