National Award for Alternative Market

IMAGE l-R: Cllr Mick Barker, NABMA President, Lydia Butterworth, Head of Enterprise at Kirklees College, Jeremy Brabin, KPR Midlink the awards sponsor, Chris Cotton, Lucy Bye and Maria Cotton, Kirklees Council and finally Marcus Jones MP, Minister for High Streets and Markets

IMAGE l-R: Cllr Mick Barker, NABMA President, Lydia Butterworth, Head of Enterprise at Kirklees College, Jeremy Brabin, KPR Midlink the awards sponsor, Chris Cotton, Lucy Bye and Maria Cotton, Kirklees Council and finally Marcus Jones MP, Minister for High Streets and Markets

Our very own Youth Market has won a national award.  The Alternative Market has been recognised at the Best Small Specialist Market by the National Association of British Market Authorities.

Minister for High Streets and Markets – Marcus Jones presented the Award at a ceremony in Birmingham on Thursday 28 January 2016.

The market received the award because it was a standout application in its category.

The NABMA description of the alternative market said: “It takes the teenage market concept forward to the next level providing a market of young entrepreneurs that is a beacon example that many may wish to follow.  The market has strong links with local educational establishments looking to get young entrepreneurs trading at permanent markets then eventually into town centre retail units on the high street.”

The Alternative Market supports young people aged 13-29 to start or develop their entrepreneurial ambitions through Kirklees markets.

The markets started in 2014 and feature stalls selling everything from recycled jewellery to food and drink.  The markets also include a performance area, which gives local singers and performers the chance to get in front of an audience and entertain.

There have been 26 alternative markets held across Kirklees with many more planned for this year.

Get involved with the Alternative Market

The latest information is available on the Alternative Market’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/AlternativeHudd

Anyone who wants to be a part future markets or events for young entrepreneurs should contact alternative@kirklees.gov.uk

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