The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) has teamed up with Sheffield College and Sheffield City Council to bring a fresh exiting event to the city in June. The Teenage Market is coming to the Peace Gardens on Saturday 11 June and is giving young traders and performers a chance to showcase their creative products and talents for free.
The Teenage Market is a growing nationwide initiative set up by teenage brothers Joe and Tom Barratt in Stockport as a way to support local young people and transform town centres. The success of the initiative has led retail guru Mary Portas to describe it as being “innovative and inspiring”.
The energy, diversity and vibrancy of the young people who take part in Teenage Markets is helping to breathe life back into high streets, town centres and market areas across the country. The events are helping to turn ghost towns and clone towns into thriving destinations to visit.
Getting involved couldn’t be simpler. Simply create your trader or performer profile on the Teenage Market website and then apply to take part in the Sheffield Teenage Market on Saturday 11 June 2016. After you’ve applied to take part, the organisers will be in touch to let you know if you have been allocated a free stall or performance slot.
Organiser of the Sheffield Teenage Market and FSB committee member, Ben Wright, said: “The Teenage Market really is the key to identifying a new generation of market traders by making young people an active part of our town centres.
“We are delighted to be giving young people a free platform to get their businesses off the ground and showcase their creative talents. I’d encourage any creative young person to get involved with The Teenage Market as there are so many positive opportunities that can come out of it.”
Local “champion’ of the Sheffield Teenage Market, Louise Haigh MP, said: “Young people’s inventiveness and creativity can contribute a real dynamism in terms of enterprise, which this project hopes to nurture.
“This is an exciting project and I look forward to working with the FSB, local councils, schools, colleges and universities to bring the best out of our city’s students, by building the skills and opportunities needed to start new businesses and help make Sheffield the real heart of the Northern revival.”
Ben Wright added: “We would urge people in Sheffield and surrounding areas to come out and support local young traders and performers by visiting the Sheffield Teenage Market at the Peace Gardens on Saturday 11 June 2016.”
Young people aged 12 – 29 who wish to apply to be a trader or performer can do so online at www.theteenagemarket.co.uk.