Last weekend [2 and 3 September] saw the triumphant return of the Young Traders Markets in King Street.
For the second year running, young traders – from both the local area and around the country – arrived in King Street to set up their stalls and showcase their products and business achievements.
Ranging from the traditional market produce of flowers and eggs to authentic Jamaican jerk chicken, and even to handmade jewellery and trinkets – traders as young as 16 sold a variety of produce to satisfy the needs of all shoppers alike.
A large portion of the traders that attended the market, which was run by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), had been nominated by local market trading associations for their astounding skills.
Chloe, who has been running ‘Chloe’s Closet Collection’ for the past 5 years, is from Stoke and specialises in clothing and hand drawn artwork. Inspired by her parent’s youth, the vintage-style pieces are sold in markets and vintage fairs as well as online.
“It’s my first time being here and it’s very exciting. I love Manchester, I’ve always wanted to live here and it’s very much my scene for what I’m selling so being here is such a good opportunity”, she said.
Jenny, who runs ‘Jenny’s Jerk Chicken’ in Kirkgate market in Leeds, said: “Today has been fantastic. It’s a great opportunity to advertise yourself. I’ve been running my business for 8 months and I’m the first street food trader to sell in the re-development of Kirkgate. I believe it’s all about the hard work, if you put in the work you will see results”.
Fiona runs the relatively new business called ‘Milk Maid’ in Bolton and specialises in ice creams and sorbets. Using the milk from her dad’s dairy farm and as many fresh ingredients, ‘Milk Maid’ sources all the ingredients locally.
Fiona said “I used to work in Manchester for three years so it’s so nice being back and doing something different and showing people what I have to offer”.
In a bid to win a £500 cash prize, the traders were judged on their small businesses. Sales, quality of product and customer service were just a few on the extensive list of judging criteria.
After the announcement on Saturday afternoon, this year’s winner of the £500 prize – and the new Young Trader of The Year – is Ross Ballinger, 16, from Staffordshire, who runs ‘Phoenix Engravers’.
The two runners up are Daniel Spencer-Hansen, 22, from Donnington, Lincolnshire, and Daniel Yates, 27, from Chorlton, Manchester – received £200 each and Highly Commended awards.
TNT Business Alexia Hendrickson