Markets are ideal platforms to launch a lean business. The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) works with many organisers of traditional retail markets to run specialist markets aimed at supporting young people.

2019 is the year of the Young Traders Market. Operators of traditional retail markets across England are working together to offer trading opportunities and business support to entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30.

It is a collaborative approach to nurturing young talent, advocating market trading as a business model, and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to trade on the nation's traditional retail markets.

Best of all - it's a competition! Think of it like a series of heats: local, regional and national. There are big prizes to be won for young traders who make it all the way through, plus big kudos for the operators who help to get them there.

First up, a young traders market in your local area. The best traders from these markets are selected to trade at a regional young traders market. Then, the best of the best go on to the National Young Traders Market.

Local Young Traders Markets are being held nationally during May and June with Regional Young Traders Markets being held during early July and August. The National Young Traders Market will be held on 30 and 31 August 2019 in Stratford-upon-Avon.

For more information on how you can be a part of this fantastic opportunity to take your ideas and business further, visit the National Market Traders Federation website for details of where local events will be held during May and June 2019.

Last updated on 13/02/2019

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