Calling all young entrepreneurs

We are looking for up-and-coming entrepreneurs to set out their stalls and become England’s Young Market Trader of the Year.

How has this come about?

We are working with the National Market Traders Federation and other market operators across England to find the country’s best young trader.

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, promoting market trading, and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to trade on traditional markets across the country.

What sort of stalls can there be?

Stalls might include; arts, books, crafts, fashion, food and drink, illustration and design, jewellery, photography, vintage/retro items and more.

What do I need to do?

For anyone in Kirklees interested in competing, there’s a local heat taking place on the Young People’s Market, New Street, Huddersfield on 25 May, 2019.

Following this, two young traders will be chosen to compete at the Yorkshire and Humber regional heat, to be hosted by ‘Make It York’ on 1 August, 2019 (Yorkshire Day) on Parliament Street, York.

The best young traders will then go through to the final round in Stratford-upon-Avon from 30-31 August, 2019 when the winner will be crowned.

Karl Battersby, Strategic Director of Economy and Infrastructure at Kirklees Council, said:

“This is a fantastic initiative that we’re delighted to be supporting. We’re really proud of our markets throughout Kirklees and this is a great way of encouraging future generations of traders to set out their stalls.

Our markets are a proud part of our history and will continue to play a key role in the future of our town centres. They bring people into the town centres and offer a different type of experience for visitors and residents.

I urge any young entrepreneur to make the most of this fantastic opportunity and encourage everyone to come down and support local markets.”

How can I enter?

Young traders wishing to trade at the local heat in May can contact Kirklees Markets on 01484 225930 or by email

To find out more about the National Market Traders Federation contact them on 01226 749 021 or by email


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