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Young entrepreneurs pitching for success

Ambitious young entrepreneurs are being invited to kick-start their business, trading at the Sheffield Youth Market in the Peace Gardens on Saturday 16 June.

In partnership with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) and sponsored by Market Place, Sheffield City Council is hosting a one day youth market as part of a family of youth markets being delivered by local authorities across Yorkshire.

Stalls are available to young people who want to start up, launch or grow their business.

To qualify for a pitch, traders must be aged between 16 and 30. The stalls which are free of charge to traders, are limited and will be allocated on a first come first served basis.

Councillor Mary Lea, cabinet member for culture, parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is a fantastic opportunity for young people across to the city to test out, launch or expand their business.

“There’s an abundance of talent and ambition in the city, which we are very keen to support. We continue to invest in and improve Sheffield’s markets and the next generation of traders have a big part to play in that. I hope we’ll see a range of flair and creativity showcased at this event and I’d encourage our young entrepreneurs to apply for a stall and see where this can take them.”

At least four young traders from Sheffield will be nominated to be our representatives at the Yorkshire Youth Market, a regional final held on Yorkshire Day, 1 August, at Kirkgate Market, Leeds, with prizes awarded to all four.

From this event, there’s also an opportunity to be selected for a pitch on the National Youth Market in Stratford-upon-Avon on 31 August and 1 September, where a £500 prize is up for grabs.

Traders who progress to further stages of the Youth Markets will receive support with travel at the regional competition and travel and accommodation at the national final, from Sheffield markets.

The National Youth Market is run by the NMTF in partnership with LSD Promotions. It attracts traders from all over the UK and is a showcase of young talent who trade on markets, festivals and fairs.

Karon Breckon expanded her business, Meadowhead Flowers, with a pop-up stall in the Moor Market in 2016. The pop-up stall was a huge success and she now runs a full time stall in the market as well as her working from home as a florist in Meadowhead. She said: “I love working in my florist but wanted to expand my business outside of my local area.

“When I saw the opportunity to try out a pop-up shop in the Moor Market, I thought there was nothing to lose. The stall was low-cost, low-risk and gave me the chance to test out my business in the market environment. It was a brilliant opportunity and the markets team made it very easy for me to set up a permanent business there.

“I love working on the stall and chatting to all the customers that come through the market and I would certainly recommend anyone with a business idea to give it a go. With hard work they can watch their business blossom just like mine.”

The Peace Gardens will also play host to the annual Chance to Dance event on 16 June, which attracts hundreds of people, providing a ready audience for stall holders to practice their trading skills on.

To apply for a pitch at the Sheffield Youth Market, contact Richard Arnold at Sheffield City Council, on 0114 273 5289 / 07467 444 590 or richard.arnold@sheffield.gov.uk.

More information about be found online at www.nmtf.co.uk/yoyoma.