The National Youth Market returned to King Street in Manchester this September.
Run by the NMTF, the trade association for market traders in the UK, the event has been hosted by the city council for five years. This is the third year the event has been held in King Street.
Traders aged 16 to 30 offered a range of goods to the shopping public. The products included delicious street food, handmade crafts, artisan treats, vintage clothing and funky own-brand fashion.
David McDonald, 27, from Newcastle-upon-Tyne, is a third-generation butcher and runs the Geordie Banger Company. Commenting on the event, he said:
“I want to showcase recipes with a new twist. I believe my product is the best in my region and want to see if going south of Newcastle is something that would work for us.”
Lauran Trussler, 25, from Barnsley, runs Signature Print Design. She received outstanding support to test trade on her local markets. In her application, Lauran said:
“The National Youth Market is a fantastic chance to get my name out there in an amazing city like Manchester. This is something I believe will help my business tenfold.”
Traders on the National Youth Market all competed for a £500 prize. Additionally, they each wished to be crowned Young Trader of the Year, judged by experienced staff from the NMTF.
Earlier this year, NABMA, the national trade body for UK market operators, encouraged market managers to hold youth markets. The body also encouraged them to submit their ‘champions’ to trade. Over 70 events took place.
Joe Harrison, chief executive of the NMTF, said: “Trading on markets is an ideal way for young entrepreneurs to test out ideas and build a business with much smaller overheads than a shop.
“The NMTF is actively encouraging initiatives to introduce more young people to markets. Traditional markets are improving because of this surge of new blood into our sector.”