Young Traders Market

Markets are ideal platforms to launch a lean business. The NMTF works with many organisers of traditional retail markets to run specialist markets aimed at supporting young people #YoungTraders

2019 is the year of the Young Traders Market. Operators of traditional retail markets across England are working together to offer trading opportunities and business support to entrepreneurs aged between 16 and 30.

It is a collaborative approach to nurturing young talent, advocating market trading as a business model, and encouraging the next generation of entrepreneurs to trade on the nation’s traditional retail markets.

Best of all – it’s a competition! Think of it like a series of heats: Local > Regional > National. There are big prizes to be won for young traders who make it all the way through, plus big kudos for the operators who help to get them there.

First up, a young traders market in your local area. The best traders from these markets are selected to trade at a regional young traders market. Then, the best of the best go on to the National Young Traders Market!

Local Young Traders Markets – May, June

Regional Finals – July, (early) August

National Final – 30 & 31 August in Stratford-upon-Avon

Case Studies

The NMTF is coordinating the programme. So, click here if you’re a young person interested in taking part in the programme in 2020. And if you’re a market operator interested in running a young traders market, click here.

Do you have a question about the Young Traders Market programme?

The whole team at the NMTF is working on this.

Who you need to speak to depends on where you are based. Call us on 01226 749 021 or email us at