Young entrepreneurs vie for top trader title

Press Release

Published on 24 August 2021
Archived on 24 September 2021

YOUNG entrepreneurs from all over the country will showcase their fledgling businesses this bank holiday weekend in a bid to become the UK retail markets industry's Young Trader of the Year.

The national final of the Young Traders Market competition will take place on Waterside in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday and Saturday. Around 70 young traders, aged 16 to 30, will compete for the prestigious title and a £500 cash prize.

The initiative is organised by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), the UK's market trade association, to encourage more entrepreneurs to see the industry as a way of making a good living.

Last year's competition was won by Emma Rus, who clinched the title with her unique market business specialising in "tipsy" cupcakes inspired by cocktails.

Another previous winner is Frankie Farrar, who specialises in rings made from old silver spoons and lights crafted from objects ranging from old musical instruments to sewing machines.

This year's young traders earned their place in the final at one of seven regional events.

They will be judged by market experts who will decide on the best in each of four categories - food and drink, arts and crafts, grocery, and general retail - before choosing the overall winner.

This will be the fourth time Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire has hosted the final, thanks to the support from both the town and district councils and the private market operator LSD Promotions.

Joe Harrison, CEO of the NMTF, said: "Last year the pandemic forced the cancellation of the regional finals and the local events that should have led up to them.

"But we were able to stage the final and it was incredibly successful.

"This year we have been overwhelmed by the number of young entrepreneurs and the various markets and operators across the country that have taken part.

"The campaign has created a buzz on high streets and in towns and cities up and down the country, and the final looks set to be a huge attraction."

He said that after so much disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, it was heartening to see so many bright, ambitious young entrepreneurs working incredibly hard to market and grow their small businesses.

And what better place to start a business than from a market stall? Tesco, Marks & Spencer and Matalan all started out from such modest beginnings.

Joe explained that the NMTF launched the Young Trader initiative to encourage young blood into the markets industry.

He said: "Like so many industries, retail markets have been hit by the pandemic, but we are also seeing many street markets gaining a new lease of life as the great British public rediscover the experience of market shopping and the wonderful market characters and bargains to be had.

"The national final in Stratford will give people an opportunity to see the best that young entrepreneurs and market traders have to offer," he added.

Contact details

Stratford-on-Avon District Council
Elizabeth House, Church Street,
Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire,
CV37 6HX
Tel: 01789 267575

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