Emma is our 2020
Young Trader of the Year!
A 30-year-old baker who trades on Gravesend’s Saturday market has been crowned Young Trader of the Year in the NMTF’s annual Young Traders Market competition.
Emma Rus (pictured) beat keen opposition to take the title and the £500 cash prize.
She won the top award in the grocery category at the event, held on the beautiful Waterside in Stratford-upon-Avon, for her cocktail cupcakes sold under the novel trading name The Tipsy Bakery.
Then, after a hard task, the judges declared her the overall winner.
Emma, who was the London and the South East regional winner, says that despite extensive use of social media it took a market stall to really get her business off the ground.
She told KentOnline: “I started baking for friends as a hobby. They really enjoyed my cakes and so I started to sell through social media.
“I was finding it difficult to reach customers that way and so looked around to find a way of getting myself in front of people. That’s when I hit on the idea of taking a stall at Gravesend Borough Market.”
The three other category winners — from left to right Lauren Charlton (arts and crafts from Yorkshire and the Humber region), Aaron Gent (general retail, from East Midlands,) and Aaron Earley (food and drink, from Yorkshire and the Humber).
Highly commended were (left to right): Owen Lewis (food and drink, from North East), Kimberley Gregory (general retail, from East Midlands), Chloe Jackson (arts and crafts, from East Midlands), and Amy Halford (grocery, from East Midlands).
Thanks as always go to Stratford-upon-Avon Town and Stratford-on-Avon District Councils for their great support, and to market operators LSD Promotions for all their help and hard work.
Our marvellous judges — left to right Dale Maybury (Manchester Markets), Coun Ian Shenton (Stratford-on-Avon District Council), Coun Kevin Taylor (Stratford-upon-Avon Town Council) and Nigel Palmer (Manchester Markets).
Video messages of support from previous winners
Highlights from YTM 2019…
2019’s winners were announced live on BBC’s The One Show!
(L-R) Nicky Mills, Wilmer Carcamo, Frankie Farrar, Okeima Scarlett