The National Market Traders Federation (NMTF) run an annual competition to find the nation’s best Young Market Trader.
This year, Swansea Market has partnered with the NMTF to give young entrepreneurs from Wales the opportunity for the first time to be part of this fantastic competition and learning experience.
So if you’re aged between 16 and 30, and:
- Have a new business or a business idea that you’d like to test, or
- Are already an established trader but looking for more exposure for your business, or
- Have an existing business but have not yet tried retail
Here’s what you need to do!
Register your interest by completing this simple online application form.
Join the Young Traders Market in Swansea city centre on Saturday 25 June and show off your products, merchandising and sales skills! It is free to take part and a pitch will be provided for you. More detail on the event will be provided to participants in due course.
If you’re selected by the judging panel, you’ll be invited to the competition Grand Final in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday 26 and Saturday 27 August.
The product quality, merchandising, product knowledge, presentation, sales skills and customer service of up to 90 young traders will be put to the test to find the National Young Trader competition winner. There will also be a winner from each of the four competition categories – Arts & Craft, Grocery, Food & Drink and General Retail.
The competition has been growing for a few years and In 2019, the national final attracted an audience of millions with a feature on BBC prime time programme, ‘The One Show’.
The Grocery Category winner in 2019, Caribe Coffee & Co have also recently had the opportunity to pitch their product on BBC One’s Dragons’ Den.
Feedback from young traders who took part in the competition was fantastic, with lots of valuable learnings and experiences gained along the way to help fine-tune their business skills and products.
The NMTF have also provided an extremely helpful and comprehensive guide to setting up as a market trader and developing your business. It’s also FREE to access!
NMTF information: https://www.nmtf.co.uk/campaigns/young-traders-market/