Friday 2 and Saturday 3 September will mark yet another return of the National Youth Market.
Hosted by the city council for 4 years and ran by National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), the market will mark its second year running in King Street.
Traders aged 16 to 30 will be offering a range of goods to the shopping public, including delicious street food, handmade crafts, artisan treats, vintage clothing and funky own-brand fashion Ross Ballinger, a 16-year-old student from Staffordshire, runs Phoenix Engravers – a business he started only six months ago. Commenting on the event, he said:
“I have been juggling starting the business with school but I’ve already developed a website and traded at some local artisan markets. This event will help to build my profile and make new contacts”.
Traders on the National Youth Market are all competing for a £500 prize and to be crowned Young Trader of the Year, judged by the NMTF and fellow trade body in the industry, the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA).
Joe Harrison, chief executive of 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.
“Alongside NABMA, we are actively encouraging initiatives to introduce more young people to markets. Traditional markets are improving because of this surge of new blood into our sector.”
The National Youth Market is open for business in King Street on Friday 2 September and Saturday 3 September from 10am to 5pm.
In addition, there will be live music and performances from local artists.