Market Trader of the Year 2017

14/06/2017, PR8579

Pontefract stall holder, Matthew Jones, has been named as Wakefield District’s Market Trader of the Year 2017.

Mr Jones, who started trading at Pontefract Market two years ago with his business Picson Printing, beat off competition from traders across the district.

Picson Printers specialises in garment printing, photo and canvas printing and personalised gifts and embroidery.

Market Trader of the Year 2017
Cllr Denise Jeffery presenting certificate to Matthew Jones and Helen Hargreaves of Picson Printers at Pontefract Market

Mr Jones said: “We would like to thank our staff, the customers, traders and markets office staff for all the support and custom they have given us.”

He was presented with his certificate by Cllr Denise Jeffery, Wakefield Council’s Cabinet Member for Economic Growth and Regeneration, on Wednesday 14 June.

Cllr Jeffery said: “Huge congratulations to Matthew. He is a great ambassador for Pontefract market. The judges were very impressed with his stall and customer service. He fought off stiff competition from many other traders across the district, as so many are passionate about knowledgeable about their products. This makes our markets such friendly and welcoming places to shoppers.”

The annual competition, organised by Wakefield Council, recognises the contribution of the district’s markets and traders to local communities, and gives the public the chance to nominate their favourite trader.

Each of the district’s six markets in Normanton, Ossett, Pontefract, Castleford, South Elmsall and Wakefield held a competition earlier in the year to find their winners. All six finalists were then visited by mystery shoppers who helped choose the Market Trader of the Year. The winner will receive £250 of free trading.

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