St George’s set to be first NI host for Young Traders’ Market

  • For the first time in its 10-year history, Young Traders' Market will set up market stalls at Belfast’s historic St George’s Market.

    One of 10 regional finals will be held at St George’s Market on Wednesday August 3, with more than 50 participants aged 16 to 30.

    Councillor Ryan Murphy, Chair of Belfast City Council’s City Growth and Regeneration Committee said: “It’s fantastic to see the Young Traders’ Market campaign coming to Belfast and encouraging a whole new generation of traders to sell their ideas and products."

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    They continued: “We’ve made a commitment in the Belfast Agenda to create employment and opportunity, so we’re delighted to welcome Young Traders’ Market to Belfast – as it’s all about encouraging young entrepreneurs to explore and fulfil their potential. And they couldn’t have a better first trading experience than at our much-loved St George’s Market."

    The project has been devised by the National Market Traders Federation (NMTF), a series of events is being held throughout the UK, before the national final during the August Bank Holiday weekend at Stratford-upon-Avon in Warwickshire, England.

    A panel of judges will pick winners in four categories at St George’s Market — food and drink, arts and crafts, groceries and general retail — as well as an overall winner; all of whom will be eligible to take part in the final event.

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    NMTF CEO Joe Harrison said that his organisation was delighted with the support given to the initiative by Belfast City Council and its markets team.

    “We cannot thank them enough for their help and enthusiasm for the project,” he added.

    “We have been expanding the campaign year on year and this new regional final in Northern Ireland gives the initiative a real boost.”

    For more information, go to www.belfastcity.gov.uk/young-traders-market

    Source: Written from press release

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