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Your chance to pick Islington's market trader of the year

PUBLISHED: 13:05 24 May 2017 | UPDATED: 13:06 24 May 2017

Keeley Maskell, front right, and Jeffrey Heller, back left, help launch Islington's search for its market trader of the year in Chapel Market. Picture: Em Fitzgerald/Islington Council

Keeley Maskell, front right, and Jeffrey Heller, back left, help launch Islington's search for its market trader of the year in Chapel Market. Picture: Em Fitzgerald/Islington Council

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Roll up! Shoppers are being asked to nominate their favourite market trader for the Islington’s Market Trader of the Year Award 2017.

Keeley Maskell and Jeffrey Heller launch Islington's search for its market trader of the year. Picture: Em Fitzgerald/Islington CouncilKeeley Maskell and Jeffrey Heller launch Islington's search for its market trader of the year. Picture: Em Fitzgerald/Islington Council

The award is open to traders directly licenced by Islington Council at one of the four main townhall-run markets – Camden Passage, Chapel Market, Exmouth Market and Whitecross Street – as well as a few other sites around the borough.

The winning trader will receive £150 off their stall rent and the person who nominates them will win £50 to spend at the trader’s stall.

Chapel Market trader Jeffrey Heller won in 2008. He says: “It was great to win it. It was the first time the competition had been held. To be honest there were lots of other traders worthy of the award and I was fortunate to be chosen.

“The recognition was the most important thing for me. I still hang the award on my stall every day after all this time.”

In the weeks leading up to the winners’ announcement, the Gazette will be profiling the nominations.

The top trader will be crowned by a panel of judges.

Jan Hart, Islington’s director of public protection, said: “Our market traders provide a great service to the community and the award is also a great way for local people to get involved, so I encourage everyone to get nominating.”

To enter, send the name of your nominated trader, the market they trade in and say in no more than 20 words why you think they deserve to win. The competition closes on August 18, and the winner will be announced in early September. See islington.gov.uk/business/street-trading

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