About the National Markets Group
The National Markets Group was established in 2008 to provide a forum for a national, co-ordinated, cross-sector approach to tackle the trade in counterfeit goods at markets and car boot fairs. This co-ordinated approach brings the following key benefits:
- stakeholders can share ideas;
- best-practice models can be developed;
- consumer awareness campaigns and resources can be pooled;
- intelligence on rogue traders and counterfeit products can be exchanged through secure channels.
Who We Are
Members of the National Markets Group include:
- Trading Standards Institute
- Individual TSOs
- Intellectual Property Office (IPO) Intelligence Hub
- The Department of Work and Pensions
- Individual Police Authorities
- HM Revenue & Customs
- LG Regulation
- National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA)
- Organisations tackling the issue of illegal tobacco sales
- Industry groups representing trademark and copyright holders (including the Industry Trust for IP Awareness, Alliance Against IP Theft, FACT, ACG, BPI)
Broad areas of work
The work of the National Markets Group falls into two strands:
- Co-ordinated enforcement activity, coordinating intelligence and targeting markets that are identified as having serious problems with traders in counterfeit goods;
- Real Deal initiative, which is a preventative campaign focused on a national markets charter, and which provides guidance, information and promotional support to market operators and trading standards to ensure that participating markets stay fake-free.
Meetings and Contact
The National Markets Group meets four times a year in London and other locations around the UK.