Young Traders Market — National Final to go ahead

Markets are ideal platforms to start-up. To support young people to test, launch and grow their businesses, we encourage market operators to hold young traders markets.

We also hold an annual competition to find the UK’s Young Trader of the Year. To apply to take part in this year’s Young Traders Market programme click here.


Due to the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) pandemic, this year’s Young Traders Market programme is rather different.

Normally, we would ask you to trade on a local heat, be nominated to trade on a Regional Final, then win a place on the National Final.

But regretfully all the Regional Finals have had to be cancelled. Instead we have replaced these with regional judging panels.

It’s not all sad news. The National Final is still going ahead in Stratford-upon-Avon on Friday, 28 and Saturday, 29 August 2020.

But to comply with social distancing rules, there is a limited number of pitches. The competition is now next level!

Regional judging panels will select a winner from each category to represent their region at the National Final.

The four categories are: Arts & Crafts; General Retail; Grocery; and Food & Drink (Street Food).

Deadline for applications is Wednesday, 15 July 2020. Click here to apply. Questions? Email or call 01226749021.