Young Market Traders Event 2024

Are you aged 16-30 and want to start or build on your own business? The Young Market Traders event is your chance to show off your business skills and products. The event is a collaboration between Wakefield District Markets and Wakefield First.

Location: Castleford Indoor Market

Date: Saturday 25 May 10am-4pm.

How it works

Once submissions close, we'll review and shortlist applicants. Before the event, traders will be offered business support to help them have the best start. You'll then receive your allocated gazebo.

During the event, traders will compete against each other and be judged by a panel. There will be three winners, who will get a place at the regional final in Skipton on 4 August with the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF). Winners of that event will then progress onto the National final.

What you will get

Before the event, traders get bespoke business support from Wakefield First.

To set up their stall, traders also get a free gazebo and table in the event space at Castleford Indoor Market.

Business support

Starting a business can be daunting. That is why we are offering start-up support in collaboration with Wakefield First. Business advisors will support each young trader every step of the way. They will equip you with the foundations to build a successful business.

You can get bespoke mentoring in a range of business areas. These include:

  • bookkeeping: Understanding financial management and keeping accurate records
  • marketing: Developing effective marketing strategies to promote your products and brand
  • buying and pricing: Knowledge of sourcing and purchasing products for your market stall

How to apply

Email with the subject line YTM EVENT.

You’ll get further information and receive an application pack.

Applications are open until 26 April.

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