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Assay Master Attends NMTF Conference in Blackpool

Published: 24th April 2023

Assay Master Attends NMTF Conferencein Blackpool

On Monday 17th April, our Assay Master, Ashley Carson was delighted to attend this year's National Market Traders Federation Conference in Blackpool.

The theme for the conference was 'Building on the Revival of Markets' and Mr Carson was delighted to speak to the attendees about 700 years of hallmarking history and the work that Sheffield Assay Office continues to do.

Pictured below is Mr Carson at the conference, explaining how to recognise a hallmark.

The NMTF was founded in 1899 as the National Market Traders Federation and are the only national trade association for market and street traders, events retailers and mobile caterers in the UK.

The Sheffield Assay Office was established in 1773, under an Act of Parliament and today the company assays and hallmarks the precious metals - silver, gold, platinum and palladium. Sheffield Assay Office is one of only four UK assay offices who all work to uphold the Hallmarking Act of 1973 and continue to ensure consumer protection for customers purchasing precious metals.

To find out more about the whole range of services offered by Sheffield Assay Office, such as our hallmarking and analytical services, please email us at or complete the contact form on our website at,

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