Teenage market set to showcase young traders and performers

Young traders Shelly Goodall 15 and Joe Butler 15 on their Alright Ducky stall. EMN-150515-125633001

Young traders Shelly Goodall 15 and Joe Butler 15 on their Alright Ducky stall. EMN-150515-125633001

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Sleaford’s first ever Teenage Market is set to be held this Saturday in the town Market Place.

The event will feature at least half a dozen stalls and is being organised by the Sleaford Town Team to coincide with Love Your Local Market Fortnight.

Running from 11am until 3pm it will feature a range of local young people who have set up trading as small, independent businesses providing a variety of crafts and services ranging from wooden carved gifts to T-shirt printing.

Chairman of the Town Team, Clare Rayner, said: “These are creative entrepreneurs so we can expect them to be quirky and individual with a fresh approach to doing business. They are digital savvy and still young without preconceived ideas of what to expect, so we think it will be lively, vibrant and fun and a bit of a festival atmosphere.”

There will also be performers showcasing their talents, including a rapper and a DJ, plus demonstrations by Sleaford Gymnastics Club.

Love Your Local Market Fortnight has nearly 1,800 markets running throughout the two week period. The first Sleaford Teenage Market will be smaller, but already, the second one planned for July 5 will potentially see 20-30 teenage traders touting their wares. Mrs Rayner said the experience will help nurture young talent and build confidence among the fledgling traders.

Mrs Rayner said: “There is a lot of excitement among the teenagers already and I have heard from parents that friends are taking an interest and wanting to set up their own businesses too.

“So come along, support the young traders and have some fun.”

Local schools are all supporting the project along with donations to fund resources from individuals and local businesses, including Ray Butler, Smiths Construction and Sleafordian Coaches.

The Federation of Small Businesses is sponsoring the Teenage Market to the tune of £2,000 over the next two years and will have a presence at the market. Sleaford Teenage Market has its own Facebook page too.

The first teenage market was set up three years ago in Stockport as part of the Portas Pilot town scheme. The young founders secured a £50,000 government grant to expand the idea to other towns under licence.

Mrs Rayner said: “It is all about meeting customers and interacting with real people and getting feedback on their products.”