Five young entrepreneurs will be selling goods at Northampton Market this Saturday as part of an initiative to encourage young people into market trading.
Following a call for young entrepreneurs aged 14 to 25 to take part, the five business start-ups will be taking advantage of a free market stall on May 28 as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign to celebrate markets across the country.
The young entrepreneurs, who will be selling everything from handmade products to cakes, biscuits, jams, puddings and printed clothing will be trading as part of the regular market from 8am to 5pm on Saturday and will be grouped together on a row near to the Market Walk entrance.
Emily Askew, aged 25, from East Hunsbury, has set up in business as The Classic Cake Pop Factory and will be selling cake pops, protein balls and handmade products from her stall on Saturday.
Speaking ahead of the event, Emily said: “It is an exciting opportunity to be involved in the youth market as part of the national Love Your Local Market campaign.
“When I visit places in or out of the UK I always research to whether they have a market as I love to visit them to buy local goods and to try new food.
“Throughout the year I hold craft stalls in Northampton but have never showcased my business outside in the open in the town centre so I am really intrigued and excited to see how the products are received and fingers crossed the weather stays nice!”
Councillor Jonathan Nunn, deputy leader of Northampton Borough Council, said it would be fantastic to see young people trying out their business ideas at the market for the first time.
He said: “Any young entrepreneurs who get a taste for market trading from the experience and would like to become a regular trader will also receive follow up support from the market team and we’ve got some great introductory rent offers for people bringing new product lines to the market.”
Anyone interested in starting up a stall at Northampton Market is encouraged to contact the market team at Northampton Borough Council on 07979 747081 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org