Young people from all over the UK are pitching up in Albert Square, Manchester, on Saturday, June 7 to trade on the country’s only National Youth Market.
From 11am to 3pm, young people aged 16 to 21 from all over the country will come together to stand up to 50 stalls, punting their wares and ‘flashing up their gear’ for shoppers in Manchester.
Hannah Havard, 19, from Bacup, Lancashire, lives in London where she is studying for an art and history degree. She also runs mainSeam, a business selling vintage apparel and accessories.
Hannah said: “I am a confessed vintage hoarder, which was originally a hobby that has now turned into a developing business. Starting mainSeam has been a very exciting experience and I am looking forward to introducing and expanding my business at National Youth Market.”
Young entrepreneurs are travelling from near and far to trade at the National Youth Market. All are in the running to be crowned Young Trader of the Year and awarded a £500 cash prize.
All will receive mentoring from retail experts at the event, including experienced market traders who will be on hand to pass on the tricks of the trade.
Help is also available after the event through the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) to continue trading at their local market with the support of their local market operator.
Joe Harrison, chief executive of the NMTF, said: “The National Youth Market showcases market trading as a lean model for young entrepreneurs to start-up and run a retail business, either on markets or market-type events such as craft fairs, festivals and shows.
“Through membership of the NMTF, we can provide young traders with access to government-backed start-up finance, ‘Rolls Royce’ insurance, affordable business services, tailor-made retail training and expert guidance on markets and market trading.”
Building on from the success of last year, the NMTF and Manchester Markets have teamed up with volunteering charity, vInspired, to run the event.
Jayne Cartwright, director of retail for vInspired said: “We’re proud to partner with the NMTF to support the young entrepreneurial traders at the National Youth Market. At vInspired we believe that the retail environment provides an excellent platform for young people to hone their business skills and gain useful training to enhance their future prospects.”
Cllr Rosa Battle, executive member for culture and leisure at Manchester City Council, said: “The youth market is a truly innovative idea that gives young people a chance to embrace their entrepreneurial spirit. The experience of hosting a stall for the day will allow participants to experience running a business and help foster skills they can build on for years to come.”
The National Youth Market opens for business in Albert Square, Manchester, on Saturday, June 7 from 11am to 3pm. Alongside the traders there will also be live music and street performances.