HUDDERSFIELD has played host to a meeting of market officials from around the UK.

Members of the governing body for Britain's markets - the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA) - met at Huddersfield Town Hall.

The meeting was for members of NABMA's retail committee.

People present included officers and councillors from different local authorities.

NABMA president Paul Westley, an officer with Leicester City Council, was also at the event.

The 135 member authorities of NABMA meet several times a year at the head offices of different councils to discuss legal issues affecting markets and to share information about successful practices and events.

It was the first for several years to be hosted by Kirklees Council.

The council's market manager Bill Wigham, said issues discussed at yesterday's meeting included customer service standards, forthcoming events like the Bradford International Market, national VAT rules and legislation.

Also on the agenda was a debate about whether a national Market of the Year competition should be set up.

Members also discussed the National Markets Survey, which will give NABMA an idea of how to improve conditions for traders and customers.