Young people are vital to the future of markets and with thousands of amazing start ups springing up on markets across the country from people in the 16-25 age range, we want to hear your story.
Love Your Local Market is a national campaign celebrating Britain’s markets that happens for a fortnight each May. Organised by the National Association of British Market Authorities (NABMA), the campaign started as a consequence of the Mary Portas Review of High Streets in 2012.
Concerns around the decline our high streets and town centres extends to markets, with the average trader and consumer aged 65. Some fantastic household names started out their business life trading on markets such as Superdry, Monsoon, Marks and Spencers and Poundland and markets offer an affordable option to test trade a business idea.
The market industry have got together through a range of initiatives to get young people coming back to markets, as shoppers as well as traders and in the last three years over 100 youth markets have started thanks to the likes of The Teenage Market, a licensed online portal that connects young traders and performers to free events happening in their area. The Teenage Market itself is another inspiring story of entrepreneurship having been set up by two brothers from Stockport when they witnessed the decline of their local market. The brand is now licenced to over 30 local authorities and organisations, with thousands of young people signed up as both traders and performers.
Well we want to capture all this energy and as such NABMA are offering a £500 prize to the winner of the Love Your Local Market – Young Person’s Video Competition. A bit of a mouthful, so called #LYLM2017 Video Competition.