Levenshulme Market has been recognised at an award ceremony celebrating the best of the nation's markets.

Since launching in 2013, the Community Interest Company (CIC) has operated as an independent, not-for-private-profit business.

It was crowned Best Small Market at the Great British Market Awards 2020 during a lavish event on Thursday (January 30).

Nicki Griffiths, who runs local business Lush Brownies, has traded at the market for about five years now and says it's the community that really makes it stand out amongst the rest.

"It's totally different to other markets because it's community-led," Nicki tells the Manchester Evening News .

Levenshulme Market

"There's a lot of creative people in Levenshulme, so it really has a great atmosphere."

"It's a very accepting and inclusive space, and people are always so supportive of new and local businesses."

Selling everything from food, wine, knitted-jumpers and art prints to plants and jewellery, the market runs on Tuesdays and Saturdays with a night market running on a monthly basis.

Richard Hirst, Market Manager, says the win is the market's first award and is 'thrilled' to be recognised.

"Markets are an important social space, not just for people to do their shopping and have a bite to eat, but for a community to come together and engage with one another," Richard said.

The market was also recently a finalist at the 2019 BBC Food and Farming Awards.

Levy Market is a popular community event

He added that winning the award has helped put Levenshulme Market on the map.

"We've had a lot of interest from new traders and entertainment, so it looks like 2020 will be an exceptional year for us."

Judges further recognised Levenshulme Market's commitment to the community as a reason for its award win.

"It has a huge impact on its area making environmental improvements to its trading site by improving verges, introducing planters, cycle racks and wall art," judges noted.

"The directors engage with local organisations and schools about career plans and becoming independent traders.

Nicki from Lush Brownies says Levenshulme Market is 'a very accepting and inclusive space'

"This is a market that has changed the dynamics of an area, and its environment, by creating a vibrant community hub. It represents a real team effort.

"All profits from the market go back to helping the market operate in a socially, environmentally and financially sustaining way."

Levenshulme Market was recognised alongside some of the most prominent markets across the country, including Grainger Market in Newcastle upon Tyne which took the top prize of Britain's Favourite Market.

Other big winners included Swansea Market, Reading Farmers’ Market and Bury St Edmunds Christmas Fayre.

"It's great to see such a strong showing for northern markets among the winners, with Chester Market, Grainger Market in Newcastle and Pease Pudding Night Market in Darlington among those receiving awards," Richard added.

"We're proud to be counted among them, but we could never have won without the efforts of our wonderful traders and the enthusiasm of our customers from Levenshulme and beyond."

Levenshulme Market will return on March 7. For more details, click here.