The National Market Traders' Federation was founded in 1899 by a group of South Yorkshire market traders who felt there was a need for an organisation to represent their collective interests. Since then the NMTF has grown by leaps and bounds.
The ruling body of the federation is the Executive Board, elected for three years at conference. The officers and committee are almost invariably full time market traders - so it can honestly be said that the NMTF is an organisation run by market traders, for market traders.
National officers are always on hand to offer useful advice on any aspect of markets and market trading. The federation provides members with all the business insurance they need - but it is far more than an insurance company.
The NMTF works hard on behalf of its members by lobbying government through the increasingly influential All Party Parliamentary Markets Group, and holds regular talks with other organisations involved in the industry.
In the past it has lobbied parliament in a successful fight to oppose legislation it believed would be detrimental to its members and the industry. It will continue to fight to enhance the industry and preserve the livelihoods of its members.
The NMTF also negotiates at local level with market operators, and in the case of a dispute is ready to step in to argue the case.