Mossley woman Nicola Martin has collected an early Christmas present after scooping a top National accolade.
After being short listed for the prize as Britain’s ‘Best Market Champion’ Nicola defeated rivals, Chris Hurdman from Thame and Beverley Milner-Simonds to take the crown.
Nicola, market manager for Tameside Council, received £1,000 and a trophy from High Streets Minister Andrew Percy at a ceremony in London.
“I’m honoured and shocked to win award,” said the 43-year-old former Mossley Hollins pupil.
“I want to say a big thank you to everyone who supported me, especially all the staff at Tameside market.”
Among her many achievements, this year Nicola created an innovative and award winning market at a local hospital to meet the needs of patients and staff alike.
Her social media skills and redevelopment of Ashton under Lyne’s new outdoor market contributed to her success.
The Great British High Street competition 2016, run by the Department for Communities and Local Government, celebrates the great work that is being done to revive, adapt and diversify the nation’s high streets.
It is one of the Government’s initiatives to help champion high streets as the cornerstones of the community.
This year’s competition saw a record 900 entries and 500,000 votes cast across all 14 categories, including the new categories for individuals and shops.
As part of her prize Nicola will also receive training from Google’s digital taskforce for shops, bars and restaurants, and a trip to Twitter UK’s London office to boost her social media skills.
Minister Andrew Percy said: “Nicola deserves the very highest praise for being a category winner in this year’s Great British High Street Awards.
“She demonstrates how today’s modern market manager has to think. Nicola has put her innovative ideas to good use as she leads a number of thriving markets in Tameside which makes her a worthy winner of this award.”