Back to the future: The National Youth Market is Back!

The National Youth Market is Back!

The Young Entrepreneurs, our modern geniuses, the untamed minds have returned to take part in this year’s showcase of young market talent, of which will take place in Manchester, this September.  These young traders will bring their skills and ingenuity and great products which are accompanied by their unique personalities when they return to king street.

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The National Youth Market returns to King Street in Manchester on Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd, where traders from all over the country will be setting out their stalls.

Run by NMTF, the trade association for market traders in the UK, the event has been hosted by the city council for four years. This is the second year the event has been held in King Street.

Traders aged 16 to 30 will be offering a range of goods to the shopping public, including delicious street food, handmade crafts, artisan treats, vintage clothing and funky own-brand fashion.

Ross Ballinger, 16, from Stone, Staffordshire, runs Phoenix Engravers, a business he started only six months ago. Commenting on the event, he said:

“I have been juggling starting the business with school but I’ve already developed a website and traded at some local artisan markets. This event will help to build my profile and make new contacts.”

Jennifer Ardenne, 23, from Leeds, West Yorkshire, sells authentic Caribbean food in the redeveloped Kirkgate Market in Leeds. Commenting on how she started up, Jennifer said:

“I started in 2015 in my final year at university, trading from a van at festivals. I really push myself and I want to give more to build my business – this is a great opportunity to showcase my passion!”

Traders on the National Youth Market are all competing for a £500 prize and to be crowned Young Trader of the Year, judged by the NMTF and fellow trade body in the industry, NABMA. There are also rewards for the runners up of £200 and all 3 will receive NMTF membership for free for a year.

Earlier this year, NABMA, a national trade body for market operators in the UK, encouraged market managers to hold youth markets and to submit their ‘champions’ to trade. Over 40 events took place.

Joe Harrison, chief executive of NMTF, said: “Trading on markets is an ideal way for young entrepreneurs to test out ideas and build a business with much smaller overheads than a shop.

“Alongside NABMA, we are actively encouraging initiatives to introduce more young people to markets. Traditional markets are improving because of this surge of new blood into our sector.”

New blood as such the likes of the Youth Market 2015 winner Gloria Royer from Canterbury.

Gloria Royer, Young Trader of the Year 2015

Gloria who is doing well with her business runs Dustbin Vintage a clothing brand with a twist of creativity and ‘up-cycling’ continues to trade on the Student Makers Markets in Canterbury and vintage fairs and fetes in Kent.

Gloria, the entrepreneur she is, has not stopped just there as she now runs her business online also, with an online shop for Dustbin Vintage which if you are curious, you can find by clicking the link Dustbin vintage or if you want to find out more about Dustbin Vintage find them on Facebook and Twitter. So if you want to be the next Gloria, a National Youth Market winner or know somebody or just want to take a look pay them a visit. The National Youth Market is open for business in king street, Manchester, on Friday, September 2nd and Saturday, September 3rd from 10am to 5pm.

In addition, there will be live music and performances from local artists. More information about the National Youth Market, including a list of traders, can be found at

Young entrepreneurs interested in trading on markets in Manchester, including the city’s own youth market, should contact the council on 0161 234 5700 or

Please note some information and pictures were obtained from chris savage of the NMTF.

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