York market helps start-up entrepreneurs set up stall

City of York Council is offering first-time entrepreneurs the chance to test their business ideas on the open market for free.

The council’s training and advice centre Future Prospects has been working with the markets team to make available free stalls for entrepreneurs during national Love Your Local Markets Week.

Coun Sonja Crisp, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Culture and Tourism said:

“Newgate Market – sited between the vibrant Parliament Street and the Shambles, voted Britain’s Prettiest Street – is a brilliant launch pad for budding business people.

“We’re offering free stalls to start-up businesses between 22 and 29 May – a great way to help grow a new generation of market traders.

“It’s a way of testing the market in a city centre trading location and getting newcomers to business to work alongside the professionals at Newgate while adding to the shopping on offer at our historic daily market.”

Beside the free stall offer, eligible entrepreneurs can also join the Future Prospects Market Project. Through the scheme, they can get up to six months subsidised market stall rents and insurance as well as support from Future Prospect’s Enterprise Club.

  • To book a stall from 22 to 29 May, call Darren Lovatt 0788 7754455
  • To apply for support from the Future Prospects Market Project, call Future Prospects 01904 555861 or contact sue.shooter@yorkgov.uk.


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